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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) and Eastern Promises (2007), directed by Stephen Frears, Michael Apted and David Cronenberg, repsectively. Last year saw Knight add to his early television directorial credit, helming his directorial debut and sophomore features Hummingbird (2013) and Locke […]

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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 boarding the train. In fact, the last thing she recalls is going to sleep in her New York City home. But here she is, and […]

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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 in 1998. Since then it has become renowned as a champion of cutting edge film from both home and abroad. As a result, the channel became sponsors in 2006 of the FrightFest film festival, the annual […]

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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 a shelf for nearly 30 years. Finally, BFI Flipside have not only restored the film for a DVD/Blu-ray release, but have also included several of […]

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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. Under the headline “Netflix Will Rip the Heart Out of Pre-Sale Film Financing,” Schuyler Moore wrote in Forbes that: “Netflix is working mightily to expand its […]

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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 that house it. And so Love is Strange—director Ira Sachs’ and screenwriter Mauricio Zacharias’s second installment in a New York trilogy that began with Keep […]

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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 examination table in a dungeon-like basement, pleading for a mastectomy. Her left breast, she says, is filled with a swarm of insects—wasps, perhaps—and her left […]

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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 that preceded it, While the City Sleeps. Both films star Dana Andrews as a reporter-turned-novelist. Both narratives also involve a sensational crime that triggers the […]

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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 bond formed between person and art. Now whilst discussion may not undermine any intimate bond formed in this case between film and spectator, the experience […]

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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 a spy is a job. As with any job, moments of exhilaration are matched with moments of mundanity, and a routine sets in that can […]

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