Profondo rosso: A Classic in Deep Red From Dario Argento

I wonder how many of you claim to be die-hard Dario Argento fans, but haven’t even seen his 1975 masterwork, Profondo rosso (Deep Red). Or even 1982’s Tenebrae. I’m sure you’re aware of the Italian slasher sub-genre, Giallo. And the likes of Mario Bava, Tolomeo Bacci, Dino Tavella, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino, Umberto Lenzi. And the countless […]

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1975 Review: Death Race 2000

Death Race 2000 is one of those films that’s eluded me my whole life. I remember seeing a poster for it about a decade back in a burrito shop that decorated with retro timepieces. It’s tagline, “In the year 2000, hit and run driving is no longer a crime. It’s the NATIONAL SPORT!” glares out […]

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The Enduring Legacy of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Every filmmaker hopes their piece of work will go on to become a classic. A film which people watch and discuss for decades to come. Majority of the time, this obviously doesn’t occur. Many films fade from consciousness the minute the credits roll, particularly when they fail at the box office. But every so often, […]

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Watch Your Back – Three Days Of The Condor Review

Robert Redford plays a CIA researcher who is sent on the run when he discovers his six coworkers dead, in Sydney Pollock’s 1975 paranoid thriller Three Days Of The Condor. Pollock creates an atmospheric New York setting, beautifully utilizing the city’s most notable landmarks, and frames the city as an imposing backdrop. Another notable aspect […]

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Skammen: Ingmar Bergman Invades Us With A New Depth of Shame

The sounds of war accompany the opening title of Ingmar Bergman’s 1968 film Skammen (Shame). A tad unfamiliar to many Bergman regulars. Following the recent birth of Persona and the upcoming The Hour of the Wolf, this is evidently ample departure from the intimate melancholy, conflict with God, and the questionable status of one’s faith. We also […]

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The Bank Robbery As Circus – Dog Day Afternoon Review

Al Pacino garnered his fourth consecutive Best Acting Oscar nomination in 1975 for his performance as Sonny in Dog Day Afternoon. Sonny, along with his partner, Sal (John Cazale), start the film off by botching a bank robbery in Brooklyn. When they find all the money in the safe has already been picked up, and […]

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François Truffaut and Isabelle Adjani: Two of Cinema’s Finest Recall L’Histoire d’Adèle H.

It may be neither here nor there as to how French filmmaking great, François Truffaut, shadowed some strong affections for the brash, bright actress, Isabelle Adjani, during the making of L’Histoire d’Adèle H. (The Story of Adèle H.). The world and backstory of cinema has numerous tales of involvement / admiration / alleged romance between those […]

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With the Sins and the Redemption Comes The Virgin Spring

For 1960, The Virgin Spring is a real shape-shifter for the audiences back then fidgeting in their seats at such extraordinary, shocking story-telling. In fact, Ingmar Bergman’s incredible film would have gasps and quivers from today’s audience. A film that is at once beautiful and serene, where innocence is punctured, fundamentals of faith are broken, […]

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The Pitfalls Of Excess – Shampoo Review

Hal Ashby followed up his successful run of early 70’s cinematic triumphs trifecta of The Landlord, Harold & Maude, and The Last Detail with 1975’s sexual and political satire Shampoo. Starring Warren Beatty as a Lothario hairdresser named George, who finds himself juggling three women at once surrounding a 24 hour period during the 1968 […]

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The Stupid – It Burns!! Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Let me be upfront and clear from the start: I love blockbuster films. I grew up in an era where summer meant big-budgeted Hollywood commercial movies, long lines waiting at multiplexes for the season’s must-see hit of the year, special 12:01 am showings with the casual moviegoer and fans alike, both parties anticipating what the filmmakers […]

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2018 First-Half Favorites: Annihilation

When asked about my favorite movies from the first half of 2018, there’s one film that remains head and shoulders above any other new release I’ve seen this year. This film shook me so much upon my first watch that I went back to watch it again in the theater that very same day. I […]

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2018 Half-Time Report: Peter Rabbit

2018 is rapidly generating blockbusters with the new Avengers: Infinity War (2018) taking the box office by storm and Disney’s greatly anticipated Incredibles 2 (2018). On a smaller, but just as epic scale, is our fluffy bunny hero Peter Rabbit who hopped onto our screens earlier this year. James Corden plays the loveable memorable character […]

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Searching for Whitney: Kevin Mcdonald’s New Documentary Whitney

Whitney Houston was an icon, a film star, a pop legend, a woman who overcame the odds to rise to the top of stardom. But behind that dazzling smile she was a broken, fragile soul who was always performing as someone else for the world, and never fully embracing who she truly was. Whitney’s life […]

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The House That Bergman Built: A Review of Trespassing Bergman

There’s no denying that Ingmar Bergman made a lasting impression on so many great filmmakers. But it’s often hard to wrap our heads around the fact that Bergman changed the entire course of cinematic history and helped to shape the landscape of filmmaking today. There’s something wonderful about seeing the likes of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, […]

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The Problem of Pain: Cries and Whispers Review

Pain is seemingly always around us. Whether it is the pain we inflict upon ourselves or pain that comes unannounced and undeserved, we have all met days where the feeling was visceral and crippling. What are we to do on those days? Why does such pain exist? Cries and Whispers is a film with a […]

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Hope and Despair: Paul Schrader’s First Reformed

First Reformed is a film that has been fifty years in the making. Going all the way back to the start of director Paul Schrader’s film criticism career. He wrote a book on spiritual cinema called Transcendental Style In Film that covers the work of Yasujiro Ozu, Robert Bresson, and Carl Dreyer. Schrader had not […]

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Altman’s Ode To 1930’s Jazz: Kansas City

Involving a pair of kidnappings in the 1934 criminal underworld, Kansas City places us in a world with a distinct atmosphere where Jazz is plentiful and the feeling that anything can happen is around every corner. Robert Altman crafts a distinctive world surrounding the 1930’s Jazz scene. And does an excellent job with music that […]

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Doubts in the Darkness: Winter Light Review

After growing up in a conservative religious environment, I went through a period in college where I questioned aspects of my faith and went through some serious doubts. I came to the conclusion that, since my faith is the foundation of my life, it’s worth questioning. Because of that personal history, I’ve had an interesting […]

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The Great Human Drama as Mosaic: Short Cuts

Robert Altman collected one of the most diverse and talented cast of actors for his ambitious and sprawling 1993 film Short Cuts. Taking place over the course of a few days in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, we follow well over twenty characters as they intersect with one another amid their life events. […]

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The Danger of Dreams: Review of The King of Comedy (1983)

Everyone is told to chase their dreams. That’s the phrase we use. Chase it. A chase tends to involve singular focus and an unbending will to capture whatever it is you’re chasing. It sounds nice to say chase your dream, but it’s a phrase that can easily be twisted into the rationalization for desperate attempts […]

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Fatalistic Entertainment: Videodrome Review

Max Renn (James Woods) is the President of cable channel 83 named Civic TV. Specializing in X-Rated content as a TV station, Max is always looking for the next shocking content to attract viewers. On a TV show panel he defends his content choices by being a small station and needing to survive. On the […]

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