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Thursday, August 4 2011

The 100 Essential Directors Part 2: Robert Bresson to David Cronenberg

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

John Cassavetes’ Faces: The Authenticity of Discomfort

The camera always gets too close in Cassavetes’ films. These aren’t close-ups; they are invasions of private space.


Wednesday, January 23 2008

Gone and Not Forgotten: The PopMatters DVD Wish List

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.


Reviews

Monday, November 3 2014

'Love Streams' Is a Masterful Swan Song From One of America's Great Artists

The once widely unavailable Love Streams gets a thorough Criterion reissue, a well-deserved feat for John Cassavetes' final masterpiece.


Tuesday, December 3 2013

John Cassavetes at His Most Intense, Searching and Experimental

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

Cassavetes, The Mob and Realism: 'The Killing of a Chinese Bookie'

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

'The John Cassavetes Collection: Shadows & Faces'

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

Husbands

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.


Blogs

Wednesday, October 1 2014

Cuarón, Almodóvar, and Cassavetes Saved From the Curse of Blockbuster

Due to the time when Blockbuster refused to stock unrated or NC-17 films, many viewers in the States missed out on essential films from directors like Alfonso Cuarón and Pedro Almodóvar.


Friday, August 12 2011

100 Essential Directors - John Cassavetes

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.


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