A Guide for Bergman Beginners

When I heard that Filmotomy would be doing an Ingmar Bergman series to commemorate what would be his 100th birthday, I could barely contain my excitement! In the last few years, I’ve gone from seeing my first Bergman film (The Seventh Seal) to now holding him up as one of my very favorite directors. I […]

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Feeling Blue: The deeply disturbing Perfect Blue

It’s hard to find the words to describe Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue, but I shall do my best to describe it. Perfect Blue is an animated film that is far more disturbing than many of the live action psychological thrillers that I have come across in my time. The film deals with the issues of […]

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Passing the Time: Review of A Prairie Home Companion

Altman handles all the various parts with masterful care. This film is never boring, and it very well could be. The lack of a cohesive storyline could wear out its welcome fast, but Altman infuses each scene with enough flair to keep your attention. And the performances hold you there.

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Altman’s Hip And Cool Noir – The Long Goodbye Review

While the movie has an aloof style that matches the attitude and disposition of Marlowe, it’s a real world. Complete with violent consequences, unsavory characters, and the abyss always lurking on the surface. All that Marlowe has is an orange cat….

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”I yam what I yam.” Why Popeye is Altman’s forgotten masterpiece

Popeye wasn’t the commercial bomb that many believe. In fact the film grossed $6 million on its opening weekend in the U.S., and made $32,000,000 after 32 days. Although the film’s gross was decent, it was nowhere near the blockbuster that Paramount and Disney had expected, and was thus written off as a flop.

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