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Monday, October 29 2012

Did the Master of Suspense Make the Best Movies of All Time?

There was a time when Alfred Hitchcock was considered a mere populist entertainer. Like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and others before him, his early work didn’t click with intellectual minds -- they found nothing to praise in his lurid stories of murder, mystery and shocks.


Sunday, October 28 2012

The Last Witch Hunt: The Legacy of the West Memphis Three

Teenage outcasts often feel like the world is against them; in 1994, three adolescents in West Memphis, Arkansas, experienced proof that it actually was. Now, despite being freed after 18 years of wrongful imprisonment, the battle of the West Memphis Three is not concluded.


Thursday, October 25 2012

Halloween Movie Night: Do You Want to Be Mildly Freaked Out or Seriously Traumatized?

Choosing the right movie can spell the difference between an evening of fun thrills and a night of seriously bad dreams.


Thursday, October 18 2012

Dignity and Physical Drama in the Films of John-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

La Promesse and Rosetta treat seriously the ambitions and spirits of society’s most overlooked individuals, lest they be left by the wayside.


Tuesday, October 16 2012

How to Be a Film Snob: On ‘High’ (as in Getting) Culture

I was expecting Frederick Wiseman's cinema verite masterpiece for this column. Imagine my surprise when I was served up John Stalberg Jr.'s sophomoric High School, instead.


Thursday, October 4 2012

The Non-Bonds: James Bond’s Bitter, Decades-Long Battle… with James Bond

While the James Bond film franchise remains one of the most acclaimed, successful, recognizable and marketable movie series in history, there was a time when the mighty Mister Bond had some stiff competition at the box office: himself.


Tuesday, September 18 2012

Ethnographies of the Hipster: Miranda July’s ‘The Future’ and ‘It Chooses You’

It Chooses You provides a sketch of the deluxe hipster, one who hardly knows what to make of the poor, the underprivileged, the recently incarcerated, and others who are just plain weird, as opposed to quirky.


Tuesday, September 11 2012

In All Things Pop Culture, Reinterpretation is the Key to Relevancy

Everyone bemoans the remake, the bastardization of their memories, of something they hold dear. But times are constantly shifting, and our heroes cannot exist in a static universe. Without proper reinterpretation, would our pop icons still be relevant?


Thursday, September 6 2012

A Light-Hearted Romp through John Hustonian Darkness

John Huston understands the crushing success of failure. In the rarely seen films Sinful Davey and Fat City, he observes the self-destructive behaviors and interactions of stunned and blasted losers as closely as Jane Austen would.


Wednesday, September 5 2012

Location, Location, Location: What Sandy Lighterman Knows Best

Tony Stark in Miami? An explosion on the set of Burn Notice? Actors dancing in the street? Filmiami’s Sandy Lighterman knows how to make it happen.


Tuesday, September 4 2012

The Cinematic Experience of Roger Waters’ ‘The Wall Live’

Almost synonymous with the name Pink Floyd, The Wall went from an idea to an operatic concept album to a multimedia concert experience to a full length movie to a post-Floyd concert special at the Berlin Wall itself and back to the stage as Roger Waters brought his concert tour The Wall Live to the world.


Monday, August 27 2012

Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil’ and the Essential Struggle Between Chaos and Order

As Brazil's Sam Lowry learns, the truth shall make you free -- but you may not like it.


Thursday, August 23 2012

Putting the Bite Back into Snow White with ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

After some bland remakes of this classic fairytale, it's nice to see the poison put back into Snow White's apple.


Wednesday, August 15 2012

Fit and Film Ready: Craig Budgen Shapes Up the Movie Industry

How do mild mannered actors turn into Supermen? Celebrity personal trainer Craig Budgen knows their secret.


Tuesday, August 14 2012

Movie Toilets: Women and the Politics of Defilement

The toilet, and its spirit ally, potty humor, has come to be associated with a kind of strength—both at the box office and in terms of a cultural defiance.


Wednesday, August 8 2012

The Three Stooges’ Chaotic Neutrality in ‘I Can Hardly Wait’

I Can Hardly Wait stretches the Three Stooges' "chaotic neutral" alignment into an uncomfortable fever dream of pointless violence with an undertone of sadistic cruelty. A failed Stoogesperiment in literary naturalism? or just a bad day?


Wednesday, August 1 2012

‘American Pop’... Matters: Ron Thompson, the Illustrated Man Unsung

More than just a rock performance piece, American Pop is an engrossing drama with a pathos that burns through the animation cells in certain scenes even to this day.


Sunday, July 29 2012

Attack of the 50-Foot Women! From Nancy Archer to Rep. Lisa Brown

How a classic B-movie poster speaks to the contemporary "War on Women".


Thursday, July 26 2012

Tears in Rain: ‘Blade Runner’ and Philip K. Dick’s Legacy in Film

Thirty years after the release of Blade Runner, with a remake of Total Recall on the horizon, the work of Philip K. Dick continues to find its way into our cinemas and minds. How did the visions of a paranoid loner become the most relevant science fiction of our time?


Wednesday, July 25 2012

In Film (and All Art) Bold is Beautiful; Boring Isn’t

I can't be a movie theatre zombie. I can't just sit there and accept average. I want a film to swell up some sort of feelings, make me question what I’ve seen, think about things on a larger scale or go for a far flung freaking mind trip.


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