The Brood – 1979 – USA/Canada

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                  David Cronenberg is simultaneously associated with horror fans and art house fans.  He has carved himself a unique niche in the cinema landscape over the years, and has held his own; making whatever types of film he wants to make.  Some … Continue reading

Retro Review/ABCs of Criterion – Permanent Vacation – United States – 1980

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                  So, I admit it, this is a bit of a cheat. I am combining this weeks “Retro Review” with “The ABCs of Criterion.” I missed yesterday’s “ABCs of Criterion” article, mostly because of allergies, prior obligations, and the nagging need to … Continue reading

Bitter Rice – 1949 – Italy

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                  Italian neorealism is, perhaps, my favorite movement in international cinema. Not only was it an incredibly short movement, making it more accessible, but it also generated some of the most important films regarding the working class.  The majority of serious Itlalian … Continue reading

All That Jazz – 1979 – America

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                    Ever done acid? If you have, then you may have an idea of just how All That Jazz goes; several interconnected, stream of consciousness scenes that appear ambiguous in nature, but are actually thoroughly connected.  The film is altogether an enigma, but … Continue reading

Billy Blazes, Esq/Ask Father – America – 1919

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                        Billy Blazes, Esq Everyone has to start somewhere.  Before Harold Lloyd would discover critical acclaim and world wide recognition with Safety Last! he started in silent shorts that were limited examples of his outgoing style. With Billy Blazes, Esq Lloyd plays a … Continue reading

Beyond the Law – America – 1968

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  As I was researching Beyond the Law for my review, I came across a few different universities that conduct course study on the films of Mailer. Based on the synopsis of the available assignments, the professors of said classes find Mailer’s work “historically important.”  His writings are historically important; his … Continue reading

Pickpocket – France – 1959

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                    Film after film, Robert Bresson was able to show critics and film buffs alike that an element of tension did not necessarily equate to an impersonal experience; in fact, Bresson’s films subverted expectation and was able to deliver both intimate … Continue reading

La bête humaine – France – 1938

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                Jean Renoir made, arguably, the greatest film ever put in to production; 1939′s The Rules of the Game.  If you haven’t seen the classic about “class” confrontation, then add it to your must watch list.  It’s hilarious, irreverent, and holds an undeniable timelessness. … Continue reading