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Franklin J. Schaffner

Features

Monday, June 18 2007

Part 2: The Changing Face of Filmmaking

Every staid situation needs shaking up, none more so that the labored Hollywood studio system. The titles chosen for this section stand out as reasons why things had to change, the results of those seismic stylistic shifts.


Monday, May 28 2007

Future Shock: The Death of Serious Science Fiction

The serious Science Fiction film genre is dead or at least on cinematic life support. As the new millennial marches forward, and an omnipresent production paradigm that substitutes spectacle for smarts, futurist filmmaking is definitely gasping for breath.


Columns

Thursday, January 8 2009

Guerrilla Patton

Soderbergh's supersized retelling of the Che Guevara legend is an uncomfortable mix of war procedural and unabashed hero worship; ingenious but flawed.


Monday, May 12 2008

The Demise of Horror Culture?

While the horror classics of 1968 may have indeed revitalized the genre, few today are aware of these movies' impact on the canon...if they acknowledge them at all.


Reviews

Wednesday, July 20 2011

Late '60s Pop Is Half Groovy, Half Gloomy In 'The Double Man' and 'Assignment to Kill'

After James Bond's sex and sadism and the cold war films that followed, spy movies tried to negotiate a "third way", a path between savoir faire glamour and tragic realism.


Thursday, May 21 2009

The Boys from Brazil

The most intelligent popular work about cloning and human identity in decades.


Saturday, December 31 1994

Planet of the Apes (2001)

...reminds us that we may not be the end product of some divine plan, or necessarily very important to the universe.


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