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The Spartans Meet The Muppets, or 300: Rise of an Empire

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. It would be a mistake to dismiss director Noam Murro’s sword and sandal “historical” pageant 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) entirely, if only because mainstream pop culture films can often tell us more about the times we live in than so-called “quality” films, since they pander so shamelessly to their […]

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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 and dad / They may not mean to, but they do.” (Philip Larkin, “This Be The Verse” [1971]) If a toxic abusive mother raised you, be forewarned. Child’s Pose is a harrowing and […]

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Waking to Life: An Interview with Tom Gilroy on The Cold Lands

By Paul Risker. More than a decade has passed since actor Tom Gilroy stepped behind the camera to direct his first feature Spring Forward (1999). Gilroy returns to feature filmmaking with The Cold Lands, a meditative and dreamy tale of the passage of a few weeks in the life of eleven year old Atticus (Silas […]

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The Films of Jim Krell

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. One of the most original and iconoclastic personalities of the New American Cinema, Jim Krell created work that is simultaneously so important, and yet so unknown, that the news that his complete works are now being archived by Anthology Film Archives constitutes a major event, closing a significant gap in experimental […]

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The Selfish Giant: Greetings from History

By Axel Andersson. Oscar Wilde’s tale about the selfish giant who built a high wall around his garden can be thought about as a story in which all directions meet, the up and down of transcendental rewards and punishments and the side to side of earthly goings-on. A giant returns from a seven-year-visit to a […]

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

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. To Part 1. While Dorothy Arzner’s Craig’s Wife (1936) revolves around a pathological female who is undone by her desperate attempts to conform to the norms of patriarchy during the depression era, Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-Hiker (1953) presents us with a male serial killer, another malignant narcissist in Emmett Myers (William […]

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After the Dark: The Wonderful Imagination of John Huddles

By Tom Ue. After the Dark, written, produced, and directed by John Huddles (originally titled The Philosophers), tells the story of a group of philosophy seniors who had to choose, in hypothetical situations, which ten of them would seek refuge underground and repopulate the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse. Working through […]

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Hollywood Nomad: Andrew Dominik’s Aussiewood

By Stephen Gaunson. “I live here now and I don’t like going home.” (Andrew Dominik qtd. in Sperling 2012) “I wouldn’t mind shooting again in Australia but I have no particular Australian story I want to tell right now. America is home at the moment.” (Andrew Dominik qtd. in Gray 2007: 20)   Australian director […]

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God’s Little Acre (1958)

By Jeremy Carr.  When he wasn’t genre hopping from Film Noir to Westerns to epic spectacles and war films, the perpetually underrated Anthony Mann was mixing conventions and mingling styles amongst more indefinable works. These were films like Reign of Terror (1949), The Tall Target (1951), Serenade (1956), and, perhaps his most eccentric picture, God’s […]

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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 wreck of a film that nevertheless manages to achieve a certain sort of ragged splendor in its countercultural tale of loner driver Kowalski (Barry Newman), who takes on a nearly impossible drive from […]

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