Home » October 18th, 2017 Entries posted on “October, 2017”

Oneiric Noir: The Chase (1946) from Kino Lorber

By Tony Williams. Based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1944 novel The Black Path of Fear, The Chase (1946) has long required a remastered DVD version though bootleg versions previously available may have added to its reputation as a darker shade of noir appropriately associated with its creative source. It was directed by Arthur Ripley (1897-1961) who […]

Posted in Review | Read More »

Prison of the Mind: The Big Knife (1955) from Arrow Academy

By Jake Rutkowski. There are few time capsules more compelling to me than works in which Golden Age Hollywood peels back the curtain on its own sordid affairs. What normally proceeds is melodrama in the throes of self-aggrandizement, tempered by winking metatext that points to the absurdity of it all. It’s a familiar if narrow […]

Posted in Review | Read More »

Dying To Live Another Day: Realive

By Elias Savada. The general belief that there is seemingly civil attitude toward one another in our planet’s clean, sterile looking future reflects the sci-fi genre’s long-standing notion that there is no clutter in our lives down the road. As seen in Realive, an existential look into life after death from Spanish-born director-writer Mateo Gil, […]

Posted in Review | Read More »

Early Black Cinema Recovered: Lost Boundaries (1949)

By Louis J. Wasser. In the late 1940s, a man from New Hampshire named Albert Johnston, Jr. wrote a letter to film documentarian Louis de Rochemont. Johnston, in his early 20s, alluded to the book Lost Boundaries written by William L. White about his father, the elder Albert Johnston, a physician. He suggested his father’s […]

Posted in Review | Read More »

Knowing Our Past: An Interview with Legendary Tunisian Actor Fatma Ben Saidane

By Matthew Fullerton. With a career spanning some forty years and upwards of fifty films, plays, and radio and television shows, Fatma Ben Saidane is one of the most recognizable and important performers, not only in Tunisian theatre and cinema, but also in the entire Arab world. She has worked with virtually every director of […]

Posted in Interview | Read More »

Enjoyable Traces: After The Fox (1966) from Kino Lorber

By Tony Williams. Back in 1965 BBC TV screened a documentary introduced by Dirk Bogarde, The Epic that Never Was, an informative analysis of a 1937 failed film version of I, Claudius that would have been directed by Josef von Sternberg starring Charles Laughton in a role that would later be performed by Freddie Jones and […]

Posted in Review | Read More »

The Charming “Lithuanian Cary Grant”: Walter Matthau in Hopscotch on Criterion

By Christopher Weedman. Walter Matthau (1920-2000) was among Hollywood’s most charismatic stars of the late 1960s and 1970s. During this fascinating period where New Hollywood favorites such as Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, and even Woody Allen were becoming sex symbols despite possessing unconventional looks, Matthau parlayed his “Best Supporting Actor” Oscar as the […]

Posted in Features | Read More »

A Lumbering Beast: Woodshock, Woodshlock

By Elias Savada. The answer to whether smoking kills lies beneath the surface of this abstract but ultimately empty-plotted first feature from sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, better known for having created the designer label Rodarte. The film, apparently inspired by the scenic American backdrop that infuses their fashion line, suffers through a fragile journey embedded […]

Posted in Review | Read More »

Noir en Blanc: Vivian Qu on Angels Wear White (TIFF)

By Tom Ue. Writer, director, and producer Vivian Qu’s second film Angels Wear White is set in a small seaside town. Two schoolgirls were assaulted in a motel and the one witness, Mia (Wen Qi), is a teenager working on reception. The film follows the stories of Mia and one of the victims, Wen (Zhou Meijun). […]

Posted in Interview | Read More »

A Filmmaker Possessed: Eight Questions with Director Amel J. Figueroa

By Constantine Frangos. For the past 13 years, independent film company SaintSinner Entertainment Group has been quietly making movies in Southern New Jersey. Steadily building up its filmography since the early to mid 2000s, founders Brandon E. Brooks and Amel J. Figueroa have gone on to create the lion’s share of 17 different film, television, and […]

Posted in Interview | Read More »