Festival Reports

Film4 FrightFest 2014 »

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

By Cleaver Patterson.  FrightFest, the London based film festival which takes place each year at the end of August, prides itself in showcasing the best of horror, both international and homegrown. This year’s…

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Wherever in the Landscape: ArtFilm 2014 »

Shirley: Visions of Reality

By Robert Buckeye. Cannes may be a place, but it is not place as we understand it, except as it exists as cinephilia on a screen. Berlin is a place, its past always…

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AFI Docs Film Festival 2014 »

An Honest Liar

By Michael Miller.  AFI Docs, now in its second year, unspooled June 18-22 at multiple venues in the District of Columbia and all three screens at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring,…

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The Art House Convergence Regional Seminar 2014 »

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By Mark James.  It’s fitting that “Art House Convergence” spells it with two separate words. Without the specificity that the term “Arthouse” commands in the film world, “Art House” can enjoy a far…

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AFI Docs Film Festival 2014 »

Alfred & Jakobine

By Gary M. Kramer.  For the second year, AFI Docs showcased non-fiction shorts and features at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD, and at various Washington, D.C. venues. The festival was…

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Sensing the Rhythms of Youth: Daniel Patrick Carbone on Hide Your Smiling Faces »


By Paul Risker. Arguably the icon of onscreen childhood angst is Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) in François Truffaut’s The 400…

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A Personal First Feature: Hong Khaou on Lilting »


By Tom Ue. Hong Khaou spent seven years at an independent film distribution company, managing their Home Entertainment department and…

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A Thriller in Brief: on Point Mugu »


By Paul Risker. Inevitably there must be a point of origin, and whilst it would be an exaggeration to…

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Truth in Character: An Interview with Virginia Madsen »

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By Paul Risker. What is in a number? Well in answer to a self-posed question, something of significance, as…

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From Page to Screen: Writer-Director Steven Knight on Locke »


By Paul Risker. Steven Knight is primarily known as the screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things (2002), Amazing Grace (2006)…

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At the Forefront of Horror: An Interview with Julia Wrigley »


By Cleaver Patterson.  Film4 - the British digital television channel, owned by Channel 4 Television Corporation – was launched…

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By the Starlight: An Interview with April Wright on Going Attractions »

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By Paul Risker. On Saturday the 23 August two inaugural moments separated by eight decades are scheduled to converge when…

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Wertham in Context: An Interview with Robert A. Emmons Jr. on Diagram for Delinquents »

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By Tom Ue. Robert A. Emmons Jr. is a documentary filmmaker. His films include: Enthusiast: The 9th Art (2001),…

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  1. Sensing the Rhythms of Youth: Daniel Patrick Carbone on Hide Your Smiling Faces
  2. Film4 FrightFest 2014
  3. Breaking the Western Trail: Hawks’ Red River on Criterion
  4. The Passion of Life: Federico Fellini’s Il Bidone
  5. A Personal First Feature: Hong Khaou on Lilting
  6. A Thriller in Brief: on Point Mugu
  7. Starred Up (2014)
  8. Santo in the Museum of the Mexican Film Industry
  9. Truth in Character: An Interview with Virginia Madsen
  10. The Boxtrolls (2014)
  11. La Sirga (2013)
  12. A World of Constant Peril: Seriality, Narrative, and Closure
  13. Nixon – Oliver Stone’s Rough Beast Slouching
  14. From Page to Screen: Writer-Director Steven Knight on Locke
  15. A House of Nightmares: Douglas Sirk’s Sleep, My Love
  16. At the Forefront of Horror: An Interview with Julia Wrigley
  17. Sleepwalker (1984)
  18. Netflix and National Cinemas
  19. Love is Strange (2014)
  20. Consumed: David Cronenberg’s Foray into Body Horror Prose
  21. Vindication of an Heiress: Surprise revelation, alienation effect, and screen persona in Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
  22. The Varieties of Experience: Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo
  1. Gwendolyn Foster: Thank you Nora. I hope you were able to see Beau Travail. I happened upon the 1962 version of Billy...
  2. Gwendolyn Audrey Foster: Thanks much Ross. Yeah – We live in a world in which even Kristen Stewart and Jennifer...
  3. Ross Quintana: Great article here. I appreciate it on multiple levels. The funny thing is it is so well written that...
  4. Wheeler Winston Dixon: Yes, this is an excellent piece, and an absolutely masterful film. Broderick Crawford’s...
  5. James Knight: Fellini’s forgotten masterpiece. Great piece.


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Breaking the Western Trail: Hawks’ Red River on Criterion »

By Matthew Sorrento. In 2008, the Criterion Collection issued Anthony Mann’s The Furies (1950) with the restored film sleeved alongside the 1948 source novel by Niven Busch. The film will…

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The Passion of Life: Federico Fellini’s Il Bidone »

By Robert Kenneth Dator.  As with any truly influential director, Federico Fellini—simply, Fellini—has been talked to death. However, with so much talk generated through so much derivative thought, it is…

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Starred Up

Starred Up (2014) »

By Sam Littman.  Within the first fifteen minutes of David Mackenzie’s prison drama Starred Up, it becomes clear that the titular felon, 19-year old Eric Love (Jack O’Connell), belongs in…

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The Boxtrolls (2014) »

By Cleaver Patterson.  American-made animated films appear to have a fascination with middle European cities and architecture. Take The Boxtrolls for instance: the latest work from Laika Entertainment—the production company behind recent…

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La Sirga (2013) »

By James Teitelbaum. The armed conflict in Columbia has now been claiming lives for fifty years. The Columbian government has been battling several paramilitary organizations plus a handful of further…

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A House of Nightmares: Douglas Sirk’s Sleep, My Love »

By Jeremy Carr. Sleep, My Love begins with a nightmarish state of panic as Alison Courtland (Claudette Colbert) wakes to find herself inexplicably on a Boston-bound train. She doesn’t remember…

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Sleepwalker (1984) »

By Janine Gericke. Saxon Logan’s 1984 film Sleepwalker was once thought to be lost. Distributors weren’t sure how to market and sell the film; so instead, it ended up on…

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Love is Strange (2014) »

By Mark James. Love is strange, and so is the real estate market these days, especially in New York. Love’s form can change along with the place and the people…

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Consumed: David Cronenberg’s Foray into Body Horror Prose »

A Book Review by Shane Joaquin Jimenez.  The Nest (2014), the latest film by David Cronenberg, is comprised of a single unbroken GoPro shot. A topless woman sits on an…

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The Varieties of Experience: Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo »

By Paul Risker. In my review of Alive Inside for Film International, the idea arose that the act of explaining one’s love of a piece of music undermines the intimate…

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A Most Wanted Man: The Zen of Spydom »

By Jacob Mertens.  At some point in watching modern spy films—be they centered around James Bond, Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, et al.—viewers can lose sight of the fact that being…

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I am Cuba at 50 »

By James Knight. “My sugar was carried away on ships, but my tears were left behind.” This year marks the fiftieth birthday of Mikhail Kalatozov’s classic film I am Cuba.…

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Making Personas: Transnational Film Stardom in Modern Japan (2013) »

A Book Review by Carmen Siu. Earlier this year, Avril Lavigne garnered considerable negative attention for her ‘Hello Kitty’ music video. Filmed in Tokyo, the video features an enthusiastic Lavigne jumping…

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Alive Inside: Reconnecting the Self, with Sound »

By Paul Risker. Earth: a world of sound within a vacuum, despite the best efforts of science fiction to convince us otherwise. Then there is the metaphysical question of a tree…

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) »

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By James Teitelbaum. The coolest thing about Joss Whedon’s film The Avengers (2012) is that it exists. The notion that four major…

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The Films of Joanna Hogg »


By Gary M. Kramer. With the release of Joanna Hogg’s three features, Unrelated (2007), Archipelago (2010), and Exhibition (2013), it is imperative…

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What’s at Stake in the Work of Art: John Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie »

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By Brandon Konecny. Apart from Faces (1968) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974), none of Cassavetes’ films were successful, both commercially…

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The Time of His Life: Richard Linklater’s Boyhood »

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By Matthew Sorrento. I honestly hope the “sublime” trend ends soon, with the recent output of Terrence Malick, his bombastic, excessive Tree…

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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) »

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By Jeremy Carr.  Even if we weren’t told at the start that Picnic at Hanging Rock was about a group of girls…

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Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013) »

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By Jude Warne. In his 1854 book Walden, Henry David Thoreau sets forth a crucial instruction: “Resign yourself to the influence of…

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Forsaken Son: Richie Mehta’s Siddharth »

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By Paul Risker. If film is a visual medium, then Richie Mehta’s Siddharth (2013) places as much emphasis on what is seen…

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Borgman (2013) »

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By James Teitelbaum. The pivotal moment in Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman comes at the end of the first act, when the titular…

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The Epic of Everest: Closing the Gap Between Man and the Impossibly Distant »

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By Axel Andersson.  An epic of Everest? The heroics of nature? John Noel’s remarkable 1924 documentary, expertly restored by the BFI with…

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The Past As It Is: Agnieszka Holland’s Burning Bush »

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By Paul Risker. Agnieszka Holland’s three part mini-series Burning Bush (2013) opens with a pictorial and musical energy that swings like a…

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The Cold Lands, Cold Indeed »

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By Robert Kenneth Dator. In The Cold Lands prepare for inspired photography by Wyatt Garfield within which images old-growth forests appear like…

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The Art of the Steal: Joyous, Clever, and Fun »


By Noah Charney. The first compliment I will pay to the new art heist movie, The Art of the Steal (2013), written…

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Cutting Room Cleanup: Junger’s Korengal »

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By Paul Risker. The war on terror has received ample coverage on news and media outlets. But in an age when we are…

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Sorcerer (1977) »

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By William Repass.  “You think they pay you to drive? They pay you to be terrified. That’s your division of labor.” -The Wages…

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Finding Fault with The Fault In Our Stars »

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By Jacob Mertens. A month or so back, Slate posted an article in anticipation of Josh Boone’s film The Fault In Our…

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Life As He Saw It »

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By Paul Risker. There is the frequently re-iterated question of what is the value of a life. The cinematic equivalent is the time…

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Seeing Your Doppelganger Can Only Spell Trouble: Enemy (2013) »

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By Janine Gericke. Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy opens with a quote from José Saramago’s novel The Double, which Enemy is loosely based on,…

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The Good Neighbour (2013) »

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By Sam Littman. Not one element of Astrid Schau-Larsen’s documentary The Good Neighbour is superfluous. For this and many tangential reasons alone it is…

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Cinema that Goes to Eleven: Mike “McBeardo” McPadden’s Heavy Metal Movies (2014) »

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A Book Review by Brandon Konecny. Let all metalheads throw up their devilhorns in celebration—Mike “McBeardo” McPadden’s blood-soaked, guitar-churning anthology Heavy Metal…

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Weekend: Goodbye to Language 2D »


By James Knight. Joint recipient of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival was Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D.…

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Uwantme2killhim? (2013) »


By Robert Kenneth Dator. The upshot of what some teens would call a relationship in a world of cyberslaves sees rachel_angel83 (Jaime…

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Birth of the Living Dead (2013) »

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By Cleaver Patterson.  Film documentaries are the cinematic equivalent of a written biography. As a result, it follows that those which include…

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Living Stars (2014) »

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By Gary M. Kramer. One of the highlights of Awesomefest’s summer line up is the free July 3 screening of the irresistible documentary,…

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Double Indemnity (1944) »

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By Jeremy Carr. This year marks the 70th anniversary of one of the greatest film noir ever made, perhaps the quintessential title…

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A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) »

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By David Sterritt. Hans Detlef Sierck left Germany in 1937, arrived in the United States four years later, Americanized his name to…

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Throne of Blood: An Ethereal Play of Light and Shadow »

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By William Repass.  Wind and mist over hills that turn out to be ruins. A funereal sutra chanted over the soundtrack. Beside a…

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Bottled Up: The Treacherous Terrain of Poverty, Family, and Love »

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By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Indie directors love to mix genres in order to introduce us to fairly realistic characters, unusual stories and…

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Double Eisenbergs Spell Trouble »

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By Matthew Sorrento. Of all the entries in NPR’s 2013 series “Movies I’ve Seen a Million Times,” Jesse Eisenberg’s is the most…

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Bullet Ballet: An Existentialist Journey through Shibuya »

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By Giuseppe Sedia.  To certain a degree Bullet Ballet (1998) represents a dividing line in Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s cinematic career that shifted once…

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Child’s Pose: The Limits of the Awful Mother »

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By Christopher Sharrett. Gwendolyn Audrey Foster offers on this site a larger account of Călin Peter Netzer’s Child’s Pose than what follows…

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First Fruits of Inspiration: The Films of Wheeler Winston Dixon »

Serial Metaphysics (1972, 15 min.)

By Matthew Sorrento. Here at Film International, we’re honored to have the hardest working man in film culture as a regular contributor.…

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Oskar Fischinger 1900-1967: Experiments in Cinematic Abstract (2013) »

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A Book Review by Brandon Konecny.  It’s a shame that Oskar Fischinger hasn’t found his way into more literature on avant-garde cinema.…

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Godzilla: Savior of Mankind »


By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Godzilla is a simple creature. A relic from the prehistoric era, brought to life by atomic testing, Godzilla…

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Criminally Boring: Wolf Creek 2 (2013) »

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By Gary M. Kramer. It has been nearly a decade since Wolf Creek (2005) provided a cautionary tale about backpacking through the…

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Assault on Wall Street (2013) »

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By Sebastian Clare. To cinephiles and avid video-gamers alike, the name ‘Uwe Boll’ is synonymous with the very worst of what today’s…

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Catching Fire: The Revolution Will Be Televised »

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By Jacob Mertens. Revolution used to be a tangible part of our history. Not just stories of Malcolm X riling up a…

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Surviving the Monster Mom: Child’s Pose »


By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. “I hope it’s like a mirror.” (Călin Peter Netzer on Child’s Pose) “They fuck you up, your mum…

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The Narcissistic Sociopathology of Gender: Craig’s Wife and The Hitch-Hiker, Part 2 »

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By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. To Part 1. While Dorothy Arzner’s Craig’s Wife (1936) revolves around a pathological female who is undone by…

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Hollywood Nomad: Andrew Dominik’s Aussiewood »

Killing Them Softly

By Stephen Gaunson. “I live here now and I don’t like going home.” (Andrew Dominik qtd. in Sperling 2012) “I wouldn’t mind…

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Missing in Action: The Lost Version of Vanishing Point »


By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Much has been deservedly written on Richard C. Sarafian’s existential road movie Vanishing Point (1971), a shambling, glorious…

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The Narcissistic Sociopathology of Gender: Craig’s Wife and The Hitch-Hiker, Part 1 »


By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. It’s instructive to study the work of Dorothy Arzner and Ida Lupino in context with one another. Though…

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Preliminary Notes on the Monochrome Universe »

Alice in Wonderland (1966)

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Lately I’ve been thinking about black and white movies, and how they’ve almost completely disappeared from the current…

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“Illusion and Reality” Films: Genre and Apotheosis »

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By Brian Russell Graham. A great many of the most popular films of recent decades are characterized by a character’s struggle to…

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From Gangster to Master: the Forgotten Edward G. Robinson »

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By Matthew Sorrento. I. The Look Robinson’s legion of fans grew after the actor delivered an intense desperation as Rico Bandello in…

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Rocky Balboa and the Politics of Urban Renewal »


By Jon Kraszewski. Coming at the end of a film series that had degenerated into useless portraits of cartoonish characters and simplified…

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The Mother’s Role in Bergman’s Persona »


By Terence Diggory. CONTENTS The Critical Audience Dramatis Personae Child’s Play Alma Mater Sons and Lovers Fear of Lying Fear of Dying…

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True Love, Pride, and Passion: Re-viewing Stephen Frears’s Dangerous Liaisons (1988) »


By Lesley Brill. In Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s Les Liaisons dangereuses (most of the plot of which Frears’s Dangerous Liaisons follows faithfully),…

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One-Location Films and How They Achieve Their Success »


By Victoria Tickle. One-location (or one-room) films are films that do exactly what they say on their metaphorical tins: their narratives take…

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Our Children, or the Importance of Medea »

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By Christopher Sharrett. Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children (Á perdre la raison, a.k.a. Loving without Reason, a much more sensible title) put me…

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The Invisible Cinema of Marcel Hanoun »


By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “With poor and derisory resources, with the help and goodwill of those who have worked with me, I…

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The Noir Vision of Max Ophüls, Romantic Fatalist »


By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Max Ophüls, born Maximillian Oppenheimer on 6 May 1902, Saarbrücken, Germany, was a director known primarily for his…

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1970s Rape-Revenge Films and their Remakes: Changing Representations »

I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

By Victoria Tickle. Rape-revenge films are a controversial sub-genre of films that have been the subject of many critical debates surrounding feminism,…

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The Archaeology of Abjection in The Exorcist »


By Will Dodson. Warner Home Video released a new Blu-ray set of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist on October 8, coinciding with the…

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Light From the Screen: Cinema, Painting and Spectatorship »

The Strange Case of Angelica

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Noël Coward once observed that “television is for appearing on – not for looking at,” but as the…

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Yayoi Kusama: The Orgy of Self Obliteration »

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By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. As an internationally acclaimed Japanese/American artist, Yayoi Kusama rejects any Orientalist assumptions about her work or her self.…

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Charles Burnett’s Inner City Portrait: Revisiting Killer of Sheep and the post-Watts crisis on film »


By Jamie Isbell. Charles Burnett’s UCLA thesis feature Killer of Sheep (1977) has become something of a retrospective masterpiece. A cult artifact…

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Elvira Notari: A Woman in Search of Desire »

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  By Rossella Scalia. My first encounter with the director Elvira Notari occurred randomly, as almost always happens with important meetings. I…

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Reconsidering The Landscape of the Homoerotic Body in Claire Denis’s Beau Travail »


By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. I begin, as my title suggests, with a quote from Agnès Godard, the cinematographer of Beau Travail (1999):…

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“Rip It Up and Start Again:” Scream 4 and Post-? »


By Will Dodson. Wes Craven’s Scream 4 is in many ways a fitting capstone to the 9/11 decade, thus the title of…

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Looking with Julia’s Eyes: Gender, Spectatorship, and Contemporary Spanish Horror Cinema »


By Ian Olney. Over the past decade or so, the Spanish horror film has undergone a striking renaissance. During the final years…

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Alice Guy’s La Vie du Christ: A Feminist Vision of the Christ Tale »


By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Alice Guy is a filmmaker whose body of work is still a site of contestation for modern critics;…

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Wong Kar-wai: a Cantonese Auteur »


By Shashank Saurav. “Sometimes they think the way we work is very stylish and romantic, but actually it’s the way we can…

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Andy’s Gang, or Saturday Morning of the Living Dead »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “There was a character that hung out in a clock called Froggy, the Magic Gremlin, and they used…

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Beyond the Hills, or The Woman’s Prison »


By Christopher Sharrett. It amazes me that so few reviewers noted emphatically that Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills (2012), like his earlier…

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Touching the Wild Things: Haptic visuality in Where the Wild Things Are »


By Kelly Burt. The film Where the Wild Things Are (2009), based on the 1963 children’s book of the same name by…

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Looking at the Landscape of Childhood in Ivan’s Childhood and Germany Year Zero »


By Devapriya Sanyal. The two great wars of the twentieth century would change everything for humankind once and for all; both materially…

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Life with Betty White: Performing the Authentic Proto-Feminist in Pioneering Early Television »


By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Betty White has always been ahead of her time. This has been both a blessing and a curse.…

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Inside The Asylum: The Outlaw Studio That Changed Hollywood »


By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “Anyone can make a $100 million dollar movie, but to shoot a feature film in 12-14 days, with…

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The Politics of Critical Reception and the Marxist Feminist Sublime in Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebras Lux »

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By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. “Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact…

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The Eternal Father: Two Films by Derek Cianfrance »


By Christopher Sharrett. I hesitated as I began this essay, chiefly because I came across some interviews with Derek Cianfrance, whose work…

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Spaces of Resistance: Film Festivals and Anti-Capitalism »

Promotional night for the BRFF at The Cube, Bristol.

By Anthony Killick. Film festivals have always operated as nodes in a network of global power relations. Set within this field of…

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Santo in the Museum of the Mexican Film Industry »

By John Burns. It seems that a number of historians and critics of Mexican film would be happier if the films starring lucha libre wrestler Santo had never been produced.…

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A World of Constant Peril: Seriality, Narrative, and Closure »

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. What are we watching now at the movies, or on television or Netflix for that matter?[1] Serials – though now they’re called franchises, or mini-series, or…

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Nixon – Oliver Stone’s Rough Beast Slouching »

By Tony Williams. Like most of his films, Oliver Stone’s Nixon (1995) generated considerable critical debate usually emphasizing questions of historical accuracy and biographical depiction. However, unlike JFK (1991) and…

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Netflix and National Cinemas »

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. This article caught my attention about a week ago, and though I blogged on it then, it seems important enough to me to warrant further exploration.…

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Vindication of an Heiress: Surprise revelation, alienation effect, and screen persona in Beyond a Reasonable Doubt »

By Robert K. Lightning. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) was Fritz Lang’s final U.S. film.[1] In several obvious ways it can be read as a companion piece to the film…

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia: Peckinpah the Dramatist »

By Christopher Sharrett. The label “master of violence” was long ago affixed to director Sam Peckinpah. Books on Peckinpah with titles like “Bloody Sam,” and studies comparing the director’s films…

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Multicultural Middle-earth: Constructing “Home” and the Post-colonial Imaginary in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings »

By Laura Crossley. “The nation of course is not a desiring person but a fictive unity imposed on an aggregate of individuals, yet national histories are presented as if they…

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Juan Orol, Phantom of the Mexican Cinema »

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. It’s a commonplace thing to discuss the individual vision of filmmakers, on both a national and international level, and the names of Howard Hawks, John Ford,…

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The Trouble With Hitchcock »

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Mark Rutland: “What do you believe in?” Marnie Edgar: “Nothing.” (From Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie) Alfred Hitchcock is routinely regarded as one of the most profound and…

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Female Sexual Pleasure Unpunished in Bright Days Ahead »

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Finally, a film about an older woman who has an affair, and doesn’t get punished by the narrative. How delightful! How unusual! It isn’t as if…

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Out of the Furnace: The Question of Adversarial Cinema »

By Christopher Sharrett. I did not see Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace during its initial run some months ago, in part because I thought little of Cooper’s Crazy Heart…

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Bruno Dumont and the Revival of the Human, Part 3 »

By Christopher Sharrett. To Part 2. Hadewijch Hadewijch is the first of two films (the second is Hors Satan) directly focused on the pursuit of the spiritual. I should say…

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Bruno Dumont and the Revival of the Human, Part 2 »

By Christopher Sharrett. To Part 1. L’Humanité Bruno Dumont’s second film has been termed by certain commentators a “remake” of La Vie de Jésus. The notion is bewildering. Yes, both…

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Bruno Dumont and the Revival of the Human, Part 1 »

By Christopher Sharrett. Bruno Dumont is among our most important filmmakers, a fact that has gone mostly unnoticed outside Europe. His particular significance seems unrecognized in the US. There are…

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