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Revisit: The Devil’s Backbone

Revisit: The Devil’s Backbone

David Harris March 17, 2014 0

As the dust begins to settle on the 20th century, Spain’s Civil War will likely be considered the most “romantic” conflict of the epoch. It has become a bloody tale of evil fascists and

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Oeuvre: The Sandpiper

Oeuvre: The Sandpiper

Stacia Kissick Jones March 13, 2014 0

There is a wonderful scene in the 1956 B-movie shlockfest The She-Creature where Ted Erickson first meets the lovely Dorothy Chappel, a dark-haired beauty who filled a sweater like no other before or since.

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Criminally Underrated: The Frighteners

Criminally Underrated: The Frighteners

Nathan Kamal March 12, 2014 0

There’s a popular belief that Hollywood destroys foreign directors. A common piece of evidence: pre-Hollywood John Woo made Hard Boiled and The Killer. Hollywoo made Mission Impossible II and Windtalkers. Like most popular beliefs,

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Revisit: Darkman

Revisit: Darkman

Jake Cole March 10, 2014 0

Long before Liam Neeson action vehicles became a seemingly mandatory item in each year’s first-quarter releases, there was Darkman. Sam Raimi, coming off what still stands as his greatest film, Evil Dead II, secured

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Oeuvre: Minnelli: Goodbye Charlie

Oeuvre: Minnelli: Goodbye Charlie

Pat Padua March 6, 2014 0

In 1962, Warner Brothers outbid all other studios for the rights to a movie that would cost a then-staggering 17 million dollars to make. And they wanted Vincente Minnelli to direct. It never happened.

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Criminally Underrated: The Sun Shines Bright

Criminally Underrated: The Sun Shines Bright

Jake Cole March 5, 2014 0

The Searchers appeared for the blink of an eye at this year’s Academy Awards, one of a scant handful of films made before 1990 featured in one of those inane, pandering montages. That Ethan

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Revisit: The Hidden Fortress

Revisit: The Hidden Fortress

Ryan Crawford March 3, 2014 0

The Hidden Fortress is minor Kurosawa. Don’t misunderstand, calling it one of Kurosawa’s minor works is a only a small slight. It’s not that the film is without charm or excitement. Visually it lacks

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Oeuvre: Minnelli: The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

Oeuvre: Minnelli: The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

Jake Cole February 27, 2014 0

Having somewhat anticipated pop art with his career of elevated kitsch, Vincente Minnelli demonstrates with The Courtship of Eddie’s Father how easily his old-fashioned style fits into a contemporary context. Its opening shots are

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Screw You, Oscar

Screw You, Oscar

Spectrum Culture Staff February 25, 2014 0

Best Picture: Jesse Cataldo:The expansion to potentially 10 films has made this category a bit more interesting, but harder to judge and harder to care as much about, since instead of being forced to

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Revisit: Robocop

Revisit: Robocop

Jesse Cataldo February 24, 2014 0

Spilling over with satire, innuendo and brash topical gags, the original Robocop is an explicit product of its time, a caustic response to a world defined by Milton Friedman and Reaganomics, Sun City and

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