Black Orpheus

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                  I never exactly got in to Greek mythology.  Sure, I appreciate the development of mythos and archetypes through classic stories, and occasionally enjoy the twists (“Oedipus the King”), but there was something antiquated about the lessons and format that put me … Continue reading

Eraserhead

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                  David Lynch.  Really, I could end my review there and anyone who is familiar with the enigmatic director would immediately understand the sentiment.  His films don’t necessarily make sense, his motivations are unclear, and the things he does for motivation are … Continue reading

Island of Lost Souls

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                  Sometimes, upon first viewing, we as critics don’t always appreciate the brilliance of what we’re watching. Generally the reason for this breaks down in to one of two motivations: 1) The film community as a whole hasn’t caught up with the … Continue reading

Flesh for Frankenstein

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              Frankenstein is a fantastic story.  Sure, the film versions have varied widely from the original Shelley novel, but the core premise and ideas make an excellent jumping off point for outlining the argument for where consciousness begins and how science not only wants to … Continue reading

Eyes Without a Face

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                This week the Halloween tradition continues as we review the scariest horror movies Criterion has to offer. Okay, admittedly, last week’s entry of The Blob was not as frightening as I would have hoped, however, this week, I have a nice surprise for all … Continue reading

The Blob – 1958 – USA

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                  It’s the time of year all over again! Leaves are turning brown, the sun is setting earlier, and stores are pushing the crap out of Captain America costumes.  That’s right! It’s almost Halloween, my personal favorite holiday of the year.  So, … Continue reading

Black Lizard – 1962 – Japan

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              I really just don’t know where to begin with Umetsugu Inoue’s (Six Suspects) Black Lizard.  It ranges somewhere between surrealist comedy to a pop art counter culture experience. The range of motion that plays between bookends is astounding, and surprisingly flexible for something that should … Continue reading

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