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The Past You Can't Escape: Strained Camaraderie in Elaine May's 'Mikey and Nicky'

Childhood friends are tricky. They're the friends you leave behind but can never completely escape. Elaine May conveys this with disruptive technique in Mikey and Nicky.

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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.

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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.

Andreas Stoehr
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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.

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Shadows (Criterion Collection)

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.

Ian Chant
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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.

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Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Criterion Collection)

Like many Cassavetes films, this unfolds most interestingly in the crawl spaces of its narrative, lingering alongside the actors as they struggle in the ensuing vacuousness.

Drew C. Miller
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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.

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Tempest (1982)

Let Me off This Island

Kelley Schei
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Big Trouble (1986)

Flimsy and frustrating, Big Trouble suggests that Cassavetes finally gave up on reality.

Chris Robé
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Gloria (1980)

Cassavetes himself was not happy with his script.

Chris Robé
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