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Surrealism and Sudden Death in the Films of Lucio Fulci

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Dedicated to the memory of Rick Lopez. The films of Lucio Fulci, the Italian horror filmmaker, are usually lumped in with those of other ‘gore’ specialists, but it seems to me that this is just one component of Fulci’s work. Running through all his films is a strangely dreamlike, hyper-violent abandonment […]

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2012: The Apocalypse That Never Happened

By Anna Carius. It seems that the Mayans got it wrong. The end of the human civilization, portrayed with such gusto by Roland Emmerich in 2012 (2009), did not happen after all. So if you looked forward to “finding out the truth” and experience that “the end is just the beginning” as widely advertised by […]

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9 Day Hobbit: An Exploration of Cinematic Time

By Diarmuid Corkery. Well before Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Hobbit was released, it had already caused controversy among tentative fans due to two disclosed revelations. The first is a decision taken by the director to divide J.R.R. Tolkien’s book into three back-to-back epics. Considering the text itself is shorter than any of the […]

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21st Philadelphia Film Festival, October 18-28, 2012

By Michael Miller. Unspooling at eight venues across Center City and West Philly, the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival celebrated mainstream, independent, and foreign cinema from local filmmakers and world masters. The festival offered something for every film lover from its various programs, which included World Narratives, New French Films and Spanish Language Cinema; the festival […]

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

By Cleaver Patterson. It’s here! After a nine year hiatus in director Peter Jackson’s continuing cinematic visualization of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epics chronicling the adventures of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), starring Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman has eventually arrived. The big question is was it worth the wait? Life […]

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(Pro)creative Encounters: From Photo-Painting to Video-Film

By Jonathan Rozenkrantz. Media history often seems to be understood as a (d)evolutionary succession of discrete units – one medium devouring the other (for better or worse). But while it may be true that photography, for instance, put painting into serious crisis, we know in retrospect that neither medium disappeared. This is a point worth […]

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The People and the Olive (2012): A Chicago International Social Change Film Festival Review

By Jacob Mertens. In history classes, we follow the path of society from one war to the next, from one tragedy to another. Slavery and a civil war bleed into the Holocaust and the assassination of JFK, and so on. Eventually we come to rest on a current climate of terrorism, an intractable cluster of […]

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“Can they really live a normal life after porn?”: After Porn Ends (2012)

By Robert Kenneth Dator. The title of this review, lifted from the publicity tagline, assumes the pitch of a midway barker outside the hoochie-coo tent at a wheat belt carnival. “See for yourself! She teases the imagination; he prods the curious, which is everyone, little lady, to take a peek! Go on now, my good […]

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Nothing Like Chocolate (2012): A Chicago International Social Change Film Festival Review

By Jacob Mertens. In a town buried in the jungles of Grenada, there stands a small cocoa production facility. Inside, Mott Green tinkers with equipment in a frenetic way that recalls the image of a mad scientist bringing some creation to life. However, what Green brings to life is cocoa. In Kum-Kum Bhavnani’s understated documentary […]

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Chasing the Sublime into the CLOUDs: ATLAS Overblown

By Matthew Sorrento. All artists reach a point when they want to make their good work great. The intention was right for William Faulkner, whose novel Flags in the Dust was cut down by his agent and publisher, into the much tamer Sartoris. Knowing he was holding back even in Flags, before it was transformed […]

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