Film Archive

  • Near Dark is a vampire Western.  The first hour shows a farmhand’s seduction by, and ‘nitiation into, a roving, nocturnal gang of sh*t-kickers who happen to be bloodsuckers.  In the movie’s […]

    Near Dark

    Near Dark is a vampire Western.  The first hour shows a farmhand’s seduction by, and ‘nitiation into, a roving, nocturnal gang of sh*t-kickers who happen to be bloodsuckers.  In the movie’s […]

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  • By all accounts, Billy Friedkin behaved terribly in the 70s.  At the turn of the decade he was hot sh*t, a street kid who had paid his dues in TV—and now […]

    The Movie Brats: William Friedkin

    By all accounts, Billy Friedkin behaved terribly in the 70s.  At the turn of the decade he was hot sh*t, a street kid who had paid his dues in TV—and now […]

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  • Between 1990 and 1996, Hollywood released four feature-length homages to the classic Saturday matinee / pulp serial. Set in the 1930s, they are eminently watchable, nostalgic throwbacks made to cash […]

    The Reconstituted Saturday Matinee of the 1930s

    Between 1990 and 1996, Hollywood released four feature-length homages to the classic Saturday matinee / pulp serial. Set in the 1930s, they are eminently watchable, nostalgic throwbacks made to cash […]

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  • Blue Velvet is arguably David Lynch’s best film.  Much is said about the film’s “aboutness”:  It is a willfully weird Hardy Boys mystery about sexual awakening—a dry cartoon about the rot beneath the […]

    Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet is arguably David Lynch’s best film.  Much is said about the film’s “aboutness”:  It is a willfully weird Hardy Boys mystery about sexual awakening—a dry cartoon about the rot beneath the […]

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  • Separating the movie The Evil Dead from the phenomenon of Sam Raimi’s early career, of Bruce Campbell’s genre-stardom, of the whole story of the production of the film, is nearly impossible. […]

    The Evil Dead (1981)

    Separating the movie The Evil Dead from the phenomenon of Sam Raimi’s early career, of Bruce Campbell’s genre-stardom, of the whole story of the production of the film, is nearly impossible. […]

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  • In order to “get” Dressed to Kill, you must bear a soft spot in your heart for slasher films. And you have to view its director, Brian De Palma, as […]

    Dressed to Kill

    In order to “get” Dressed to Kill, you must bear a soft spot in your heart for slasher films. And you have to view its director, Brian De Palma, as […]

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  • In 1991, the year of its release, I became obsessed with The Silence of the Lambs.  It is now 2014.  The movie is 23 years old, the book 26.  You’ve seen the movie.  So, […]

    The Best Horror Movies of the 90s: The Silence of the Lambs

    In 1991, the year of its release, I became obsessed with The Silence of the Lambs.  It is now 2014.  The movie is 23 years old, the book 26.  You’ve seen the movie.  So, […]

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  • It is easy to mistake Woody for the unappealing director he plays in Stardust Memories, his overt variation / ripoff of Fellini’s 8.5.  Never mind that Stardust Memories is not that funny, or that its […]

    Stardust Memories

    It is easy to mistake Woody for the unappealing director he plays in Stardust Memories, his overt variation / ripoff of Fellini’s 8.5.  Never mind that Stardust Memories is not that funny, or that its […]

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  • It is strange that a story that came from a single source, Joss Whedon’s screenplay, can feel as tonally disjointed as the previous Alien outing which was some devil’s spawn […]

    Alien: Resurrection

    It is strange that a story that came from a single source, Joss Whedon’s screenplay, can feel as tonally disjointed as the previous Alien outing which was some devil’s spawn […]

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  • “My favorite scene is the one when the bald guy gets killed.” – Dave Smith What a miserable, boring slog this film is. What a senseless, inert and strange experience. […]

    Alien 3

    “My favorite scene is the one when the bald guy gets killed.” – Dave Smith What a miserable, boring slog this film is. What a senseless, inert and strange experience. […]

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