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The Freestyle Art of Suzuki – Branded to Kill (1967) and Toyko Drifter (1966)

Suzuki's Branded to Kill

Suzuki’s approach adheres to Godard’s dictum that all one needs for a movie is a girl and a gun.

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Listening to The Conversation

The Conversation movie poster

Critics have missed some thematic points that are worth exploring to further illustrate the worthiness of Coppola’s still-undervalued character study.

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Further Thoughts on Howard Hawks’ Scarface (and In Praise of Robin Wood)

Howard Hughes Scarface

As Wood noted frequently, genre is largely based on ideology; it’s fostered through popular entertainment and in the film, directly stated by the chief.

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Black Death, Lost in its Own Darkness

Black Death

As in life, some promises are hard to keep onscreen. This is true in the case of Walter Hill’s cult pic The Warriors.

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Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead…Until a Second Act Prize

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Filmmakers

The food science/health documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead makes the filmmaker-subject motif – in which the man behind the camera spends as much time in front of it – appear to be the norm.

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Film Essay: The Natural Supernaturalism of the 13 Assassins

13 Assassins

At a fundamental level, 13 Assassins dramatically illustrates the deadly nature of conflicting political loyalties.

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Director Alexander Payne Retrospective in Philadelphia

Sadly, it’s been a while for Alexander Payne.

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The Casual Other: Behind Minor John Hughes

Great Outdoors

John Hughes’ rise has been well documented.

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A Dark Moment For Louis Malle: Black Moon on DVD

Black Moon

A Fellini moment was due for a journeyman director like Louis Malle.

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Film Book Review: Shade Rupe’s Dark Stars Rising: Conversations from the Outer Realms

No one would argue with calling this massive, invaluable tome “exhaustive,” though there might be a few who would squawk with using the word “definitive.”

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DVD Review: The Exterminator

The Exterminator DVD

One of the first exploitation films to be shown endlessly during the early days of cable, 1980’s The Exterminator is also one of the more grim entries in the genre. Gory, jaded and ambivalent on the merits of the vigilante, it anticipated Bernard Goetz by a few years.

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Review: The Names of Love

Names of Love

Picture this: a secluded scientist waits in a checkout line for his new love interest to return with an item. An unusual pickup for him, she had invaded his radio interview about bird flu (he’s an expert) and then asked him to bed when they had drinks.

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The Ruse of Tribute: Vanity and Legacy in The Belly of an Architect

Memory is only important to the living; preservation of art or artifice, while living, is only preparation for possible legacy.

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DVD Review: Adua and Her Friends (Adua e le Compagne)

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Antonio Pietrangeli’s 1960 film Adua and her Friends (Adua e le Compagne) explores the end of an era and points to future cultural upheaval.

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Review: Page One: Inside the New York Times

Page One Ny Times

Andrew Rossi’s Page One: Inside the NYTimes looks to newspapers long past their heydey.

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