Guy Crucianelli is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. His work has appeared at Senses of Cinema, Bright Lights Film Journal and the Journal of Popular Culture. He is also a regular contributor to the 101 Movies You Must See Before You Die series.
It’s nearly impossible to not get roped in by the easy banter of the dialogue, the epic drama, and the luminous images of this quintessential Western.
01 Jul 2014
Throne of Blood plays with Noh's frightening incongruity, its delicacy of movement expressing mortifyingly indelicate actions, as when Washizu and Asaji deflate like punctured blow-up dolls as they resolve themselves to treason.
26 Mar 2014
Though Citizen Kane has cemented his place in film history, The Magnificent Ambersons -- especially had its original ending been kept -- would prove Orson Welles one of Hollywood’s greatest masters of tragedy, if not the greatest.
04 Dec 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.
03 Dec 2013
Noise may antagonize, subvert, transcend or annoy, but one person's noise is almost always another's music.
08 Oct 2013
Through a series of chapters interspersed with interviews, “interludes”, “Q&A”’s, reviews and obituaries, Warner attempts to plot the links between Beat and rock, not only through music and lyrics, but also personality, even clothing.
31 Jul 2013
This series documents the Louvre study days, wherein paintings are taken off the walls, unscrewed from their frames, pulled from their glass casings, and put on easels to be eyeballed by a group of international professionals.
09 Jul 2013
Discussing Laurence Sterne, Friedrich Schiller, Adam Smith, Lord Shaftesbury, Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, Mary Shelley, D. W. Griffith, Frank Capra and others may seem culturally crowded, but Chandler is so learned, his prose so lucid, that he weaves them together with impressive dexterity.
23 Jun 2013
This film represents not only the death of a myth, but its willful execution. The Tramp Is Dead. Long Live Chaplin!
28 Apr 2013
On the Long Haul Rather Than a Short Thrill: 'I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies'
This is an abundant survey of a modest genre. Marriage movies may not always be sexy, but they endure.
14 Apr 2013
This contemporary exhibition charts love's progress and regress, its undress and redress, experienced through a variety of cultural lenses.
20 Mar 2013
Residing within Leonard Cohen’s Tower of Song is the Power of the Hook. Simplicity is a hook’s primary attribute: It must be so simple that even a toddler can sing along.
18 Mar 2013
Though Chuck Boyd shot “onstage, backstage, in the studio and elsewhere” and was essentially “with the band”, he was also fundamentally apart, in a place more penumbral and isolated, like a hovering Eye on guard.
17 Jan 2013
Lifted from over a 40-year period, the Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection showcases the director's flexibility under circumstances dire and ideal. It also confirms his auteurist consistency.
14 Jan 2013
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