History, Criticism, and Splendid Extras: On V. F. Perkins on Movies

Lola Montès (Max Ophüls, 1955) By Jeremy Carr. This deceptively uncomplicated language in fact sustains some of the most profound observations on cinema ever recorded.” Anyone who has read V. F. Perkins’s influential 1972 text Film as Film will find much that is familiar in V. F. Perkins on Movies, […]

From Straight to Hell Comes Jack Ford: Straight Shooting (1917) and Hell Bent (1918)

Straight Shooting By Tony Williams. These two magnificent Blu-ray restorations reproduce the way the films were originally seen and also contain audio-commentaries and video essays by two pioneering Ford scholars: Joseph McBride and Tag Gallagher.” Following on the trail pioneered by the 2016 re-release of John Ford’s Three Bad Men […]

A Smash in the Face: Greenland

Another Clarke (the Comet) arrives for the Christmas movie season. By Elias Savada. Greenland, the latest comet disaster flick to smash into our planet, will be one easily forgotten. Comets and meteors and asteroids, oh my! These bits of interstellar debris have been attacking our audio-visual senses for ages, fictionally […]

The Journey of Analyzing Terror, On and Offscreen: on Monsters, Law, Crime

On a critical examination of how the “monstrous” is constructed by various societies or social milieu. Study of horror and the monstrous onscreen has taken many routes, from the philosophical, the psychoanalytic, and beyond. Recent volumes like The Monster Theory Reader and Robin Wood on the Horror Film (the late […]

That’s Why I Don’t Own the World: Hollywood’s Hard Luck Ladies

Rita Johnson (with Ray Milland) in The Big Clock (John Farrow, 1948) A Book Review by Zoe Kurland. With meticulous details gathered from an impressive variety of sources, Hollywood’s Hard Luck Ladies implies that, regardless of luck, Hollywood was (and is) quite unkind to women, especially those who attempt to […]

Stay for a While: Patrick Picard’s The Bloodhound

By Thomas Puhr. A bold work, one which – though scattershot – still ranks among 2020’s superior genre releases.” A hooded figure emerges from a lake. Without making a sound, it crawls over the rocky shore, through the doorway of a sleek house, and into a closet, where it will […]

Return of the “Beast”: Shawn Linden on Hunter Hunter

By Ali Moosavi. I knew that it was a story that could be done with very little resources, so the punch that it would have to pack would be thematic and content wise.” Like cigarettes, some movies ought to come with a health warning. Hunter Hunter, written and directed by […]

Inspiring the Unsung Collaborators: The Art of Film Projection

A Book Review by Ted Knighton. The profession has become endangered or has been deskilled into non-existence, which is why this beginners manual is so overdue.”  –from the foreword by Tacita Dean and Christopher Nolan In 2000, I was invited to show my short, 16mm film Six Insects at a […]

Too Long in the Saddle: Paul Greengrass and News of the World

By Elias Savada. News of the World ambles from scene to scene with an occasional spectacular landscape….Tom Hanks, front and center again, isn’t enough to carry the film.” It’s hard to believe that over the course of his well-worn career that Tom Hanks has never been in a western (although he […]