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Oeuvre: Orson Welles: Citizen Kane

Oeuvre: Orson Welles: Citizen Kane

Forrest Cardamenis July 31, 2014 0

Citizen Kane is about, among other things, the search for the unknowable, or at least the unhelpful. Jerry Thompson (William Alland) is tasked with learning as much about the life of Charles Foster Kane

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Revisit: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Revisit: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Alex Peterson July 28, 2014 0

Jim Jarmusch is a director at once detached and strictly controlling. He makes philosophical, or at least heavily thoughtful, films about people who don’t even come close to fitting into society, and ostensibly he

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Rediscover: The Singing Ringing Tree

Rediscover: The Singing Ringing Tree

Pat Padua July 22, 2014 0

There’s a fine line between childlike fantasy and psychedelic visions. From Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to “The Teletubbies,” children’s entertainment has been full of worlds that defy imagination, evoking childlike wonder in the young

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Oeuvre: Cassavetes: Big Trouble

Oeuvre: Cassavetes: Big Trouble

Jesse Cataldo July 17, 2014 0

In the wake of his breakthrough independent debut, John Cassavetes took on two consecutive studio projects, for-hire assignments which, while reasonably fitted to his tastes and skills, stick out as clear oddities in the

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Criminally Underrated: Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo

Criminally Underrated: Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo

Pat Padua July 15, 2014 0

I’m of the generation where somebody at my high school graduation moonwalked up the aisle. I was embarrassed for him and for society. I never liked breakdancing; I found its forced, robotic moves anathema

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Oeuvre: Cassavetes: Love Streams

Oeuvre: Cassavetes: Love Streams

Jake Cole July 10, 2014 1

Though not technically John Cassavetes’ swan song, Love Streams is a fitting conclusion for a directorial bridge that sanded down the distance between performer and lens, and by extension performer and viewer. Cassavetes’ films

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Oeuvre: Cassavetes: Gloria

Oeuvre: Cassavetes: Gloria

Stacia Kissick Jones June 26, 2014 0

John Cassavetes’ fights with film studios and distributors are the stuff of legend. He was not a director who wanted to please people, and often his work depended on actively denying the audience what

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Criminally Overrated: Chinatown

Criminally Overrated: Chinatown

Drew Hunt June 25, 2014 0

Placing Roman Polanski within the parameters of the auteur theory isn’t the simple task it is for other directors. Despite enjoying rampant success in America, Polanski belongs to world of European cinematic modernism, a

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Rediscover: Dry Summer

Rediscover: Dry Summer

David Harris June 23, 2014 0

A few years ago, we ran a feature about the biggest Bitches, Bastards and Badasses in cinema history, choosing one entry per year. For 1964, we selected Sterling Hayden’s insane general in Dr. Strangelove.

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Oeuvre: Cassavetes: Opening Night

Oeuvre: Cassavetes: Opening Night

Jake Cole June 19, 2014 0

Opening Night begins with a start, with Gena Rowlands’ Myrtle Gordon being half-shoved into the frame, her voice hoarse and rushed as she gives instruction to the prop man who led her into view.

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