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Oeuvre: Welles: Chimes at Midnight

Oeuvre: Welles: Chimes at Midnight

Jesse Cataldo October 9, 2014 0

The adaptation of Shakespeare to film is often a solemn affair, the original text handled with careful kid gloves, with the end result that most cinematic versions of the plays, even the comedies, end

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Rediscover: The Home and the World

Rediscover: The Home and the World

David Harris October 8, 2014 0

Satyajit Ray suffered his first heart attack on the set of The Home and the World (1984). Only 62 at the time, the director had a history of high blood pressure, and the burden

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From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Self Storage

From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Self Storage

Drew Hunt October 7, 2014 0

Thanks to suitably ridiculous performances by straight-to-video king Eric Roberts and ‘80s genre icon Michael Berryman, the low-budget slasher romp Self Storage is occasionally watchable. They seem to be the only cast members smart

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What to Watch: Week of October 6th

What to Watch: Week of October 6th

Spectrum Culture Staff October 5, 2014 0

Monday: Makkhi (Eega) What: An evil businessman kills a man to steal his woman, only to be tormented by a victim reincarnated as a vengeful fly in this 2012 Telegu film. Did I mention

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Oeuvre: Welles: The Trial

Oeuvre: Welles: The Trial

Drew Hunt October 2, 2014 0

In a 1962 interview with the BBC, Orson Welles defended his then-maligned adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Trial by saying, “Say what you like, but The Trial is the best film I ever made.”

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Holy Hell! Léon: The Professional Turns 20

Holy Hell! Léon: The Professional Turns 20

Pat Padua October 1, 2014 0

I first saw Luc Besson’s English-language debut in its American release as The Professional. It was playing at a second-run theater not long after my mother died, during a time when any movie I

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What to Watch: Week of September 29th

What to Watch: Week of September 29th

Spectrum Culture Staff September 28, 2014 0

Monday: Unwed Mother What: Posters cried out, “20,000 anguished girls wrote its blistering story!” But you’ve probably never heard of it. Country girl Norma (Betty Miller) moves to the big city and gets in

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Oeuvre: Welles: Touch of Evil

Oeuvre: Welles: Touch of Evil

Pat Padua September 25, 2014 0

“Mike, do you realize, this is the very first time we’ve been together in my country?” “Do you realize I haven’t kissed you in over an hour?” This seemingly trivial exchange cues an explosion

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From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Suburban Commando

From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Suburban Commando

Jake Cole September 23, 2014 0

We measure historical eras by technology—bronze, nuclear, digital—but if I had to define the epoch in which I grew up, it would be the Hollywood Hogan Era. I wasn’t really a wrestling fan as

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What to Watch: Week of September 22nd

What to Watch: Week of September 22nd

Spectrum Culture Staff September 21, 2014 0

Monday: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying What: Former Walt Disney animator David Swift wrote and directed this 1967 screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, starring Robert Morse as J. Pierpont

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