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Criminally Underrated: The Undead

Criminally Underrated: The Undead

Drew Hunt March 19, 2014 0

Roger Corman’s filmography as both director and producer is so massive that it’s easy to overlook entire swaths of it. True, this applies to just about every director—choice selections, usually presumed to be masterpieces

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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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