Thursday, August 4 2011
Our second day of "100 Essential Directors" could loosely be described as one that defines "influential." Each of the auteurs sandwiched in between Robert Bresson and David Cronenberg has left a lasting mark on cinema, each employing a signature style that is unmistakable.
Monday, March 2 2009
The camera always gets too close in Cassavetes’ films. These aren’t close-ups; they are invasions of private space.
Wednesday, January 23 2008
A lot of good movies are still missing from DVD. Here is a list of 25 that PopMatters feels have been unceremoniously left to simply fade away.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
Cassavetes' aesthetic, both in front of and behind the camera, was less Method immersion than mad (as in gleeful) exploration, skirting the emotional edge without tripping into or wallowing in cathartic excess.
Tuesday, August 6 2013
One of John Cassavetes' most accessible films, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie offers a unique, noirish and naturalistic take on the sleazy criminal milieu based around Sunset Strip.
Thursday, June 7 2012
His characters don'tt have the dramatic stylization of Hollywood films, but they respond to the stimuli given by John Cassavetes' unusual shooting style, which doesn't let the actors know whether they are on frame or not.
Monday, August 17 2009
There’s much to appreciate here, but nothing that isn’t found in Cassavetes’ other films, which don’t have this level of self-involvement and incoherence.
Wednesday, March 18 2009
Comfortable in its own small place, this John Cassavetes film is a picture of peoples’ lives that slides in and out of the story without sentimentality or spectacle.