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Plan 9 for Ironic Appreciation: On B-movies, Riffing and Value-Added Irony

The RiffTrax line of DVDs reignites the enduring debate: Can something really be so bad that it's good?

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A Is for Actor, B Is for Band: Breaking the Stigma of the “Actor’s Band”

The public has long had an affinity for the strange and less than wonderful, and the concept of an actor recording a CD invariably brings up the ghosts of dead music careers past. So, bands that happen to include an actor/musician need to follow Beecake’s and Blue Gillespie’s example.

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24 Jun 2010 // 10:00 PM

Love, Tilda Style

Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton talks to PopMatters about a quiet, sophisticated melodrama set in a golden cage, Carlo Cracco-inspired gastro-porn, and the glint of cinematic gold captured in a still moment.

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Hitchcock’s Final Steps on the Path to Destruction

The path through destruction that they have walked, guided along by Hitchcock much like Virgil guided Dante in the circles of Hell, is what people remember most after watching Rear Window, Psycho, and Vertigo.

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Hitchcock 101: Day Eleven, 1969 - 1976

In his final three films, Hitchcock may have showed his age, but there are undeniable treasures to be found even in these lesser works.

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Sinister Footfalls on a Darkened Stair: Hitchcock and His Continuing Sphere of Influence

More than any other studio system director, Alfred Hitchcock has influenced an amazing international collection of postmodern movie makers.

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Hitchcock 101: Day Ten, 1963 - 1966

Today we’ll examine the last Hitchcock masterpiece, and begin our discussion of his slow denouement.

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Vampires vs. Werewolves: An Immortal Pop Rivalry

Pop culture thrives on rivalries, but few are as epic as the one between werewolves and vampires -- a rivalry which predates Twilight by, oh, some 60 years.

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Hitchcock, Haneke and the Psycho-Sexual Voyeur Apparatus

“The film knows that it is being watched, and yet does not know,” says Christian Metz. “The one who knows is the cinema, the institution..."

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The Primal Drive of Fear and Desire in Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ and ‘The Birds’

Typical of Hitchcock, he does not provide answers in Vertigo and The Birds, rather, he demonstrates the inherent dangers of living with -- yet denying -- the dark psychic forces that control our lives from deep withing our subconscious minds.

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Hitchcock 101: Day Nine, 1959 - 1960

About 50 years ago Hitchcock followed his artistic masterpiece with two of the most important movies ever to emerge from Hollywood. Two very different pictures, each was to chart a course for an entire genre.

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Hitchcock 101: Day Eight, 1956 - 1958

Now entering his creative peak, Hitchcock revisited some older material, reinvigorating it with a global politics and a big budget grandeur.

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Hitchcock and Homework: The Rewards and Perils of Hitchcock in the High School English Class

To what degree should a teacher help a student develop taste? Hitchcock stands as one of hundreds of artists whose work educators might use to explore questions of art and the classroom itself with their students.

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The Modern Prometheus: Creature and Creator in ‘Vertigo’  and ‘Psycho’

Just as Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley famous novel creates what turns out to be a monstrosity, so also does Scottie in Vertigo and Norman Bates in Psycho.

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Hitchcock 101: Day Seven, 1954 - 1955

Many film fans consider Hitchcock’s career to have really begun in about 1951 (with Strangers on a Train) and to have ended in 1963 (with The Birds).

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Hitchcock, Zeal and the Velvet Rope

More than almost any other of the great directors, Hitchcock filled his films with characters that are either explicitly or implicitly coded as gay. And almost always as villainous.

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Hitchcock 101: Day Six, 1948 - 1954

In this sixth installment of our overview of Hitchcock’s oeuvre, we take a look at his most divisive period -- a string of wildly inconsistent material ranging from masterpieces to films we didn’t even bother reviewing.

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The Puppeteer of Suspense

No one likes being toyed with, but Hitchcock makes it clear that he is in control; he is directing us, influencing how we think and react to the situation at hand -- and we love him for it.

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Hitchcock 101: Day Five, 1944 - 1946

Three films of the mid-1940s found Hitchcock in an experimental mode. One takes place entirely in a small boat, another explores the idea of the psychedelic, and the third stretches out into the territory of film noir, while animating the post-war sense of global interconnectedness that presaged the Cold War.

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“Some of My Best Friends Are in Concentration Camps”: The Absence of Jews in Hitchcock’s WWII Films

Although Hitchcock made several films expressing his opposition to the Nazis, viewing these films leads to the question: Where was any mention of the Jews who were so profoundly affected by the Nazis and WWII?

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