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Oeuvre: Cassavetes: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

Oeuvre: Cassavetes: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

Pat Padua June 12, 2014 0

“I won’t call my work entertainment. It’s exploring… a good movie will ask you questions you haven’t been asked before … or, if you have thought about them, you haven’t had the questions posed

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Criminally Underrated: Romancing the Stone

Criminally Underrated: Romancing the Stone

Katherine Springer June 11, 2014 0

Success at the box office never ensures a film will be fondly remembered, if remembered at all. Fortunately, Robert Zemeckis’s third feature film doesn’t have to grapple with the latter, but the years since

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Rediscover: Redes

Rediscover: Redes

David Harris June 9, 2014 0

Redes (1936) is an important Mexican gem that straddles both feature film and documentary, a socially charged bomb that lasts little more than hour, yet accomplishes most everything that would make neo-realists like Vittorio

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Oeuvre: Cassavetes: A Woman Under the Influence

Oeuvre: Cassavetes: A Woman Under the Influence

Stacia Kissick Jones June 8, 2014 0

“Mabel is not crazy,” explains her husband Nick. “She’s unusual.” It’s been a long, difficult day of work at the city power and light company, and Nick Longhetti (Peter Falk) has promised his high-strung

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Criminally Underrated: Watermelon Man

Criminally Underrated: Watermelon Man

Jesse Cataldo June 4, 2014 0

Director Melvin Van Peebles is best known for Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song a film that, while not exactly underrated, remains on the fringes thanks to its unclassifiable oddness. Pound for pound, the best film

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Rediscover: Touki Bouki

Rediscover: Touki Bouki

David Harris June 2, 2014 0

The ghosts of colonialism still cast a long shadow over Africa, and many films that emerge from the continent deal with the lingering effects and damage that European rule has caused its many nations.

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Oeuvre: Cassavetes: Minnie and Moskowitz

Oeuvre: Cassavetes: Minnie and Moskowitz

Pat Padua May 29, 2014 0

Seymour Moskowitz (Seymour Cassel) is on a flight from New York to Los Angeles sitting next to a mother who can’t get her young daughter to eat airplane food. The conservatively dressed, beauty-shopped mother

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Revisit: The Rocketeer

Revisit: The Rocketeer

Nathan Kamal May 26, 2014 0

It’s a dark world out there for superheroes. Right now, our greatest comic book heroes are an obsessive, violent orphan with a thing for flying mammals, a drunken industrialist on mobile life support and

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Oeuvre: Cassavetes: Husbands

Oeuvre: Cassavetes: Husbands

Alex Peterson May 22, 2014 0

In an interview with New York’s Dryden Theater, which in 2008 was screening a retrospective of the films of John Cassavetes that included Husbands, Al Ruban, Cassavetes’ longtime collaborator and producer, said of the

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Criminally Overrated: The Usual Suspects

Criminally Overrated: The Usual Suspects

Josh Goller May 21, 2014 1

Hollywood has a long history of effective plot twists, from Psycho and Planet of the Apes to Memento and even Saw. But there’s a huge difference between artful misdirection and outright deception.The Usual Suspects—nearly

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