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Oeuvre: Lynch: Early Shorts

Oeuvre: Lynch: Early Shorts

Jake Cole November 13, 2014 0

David Lynch’s short films, as much as his debut feature Eraserhead, show the director finding his singular voice piece by piece, gradually moving from his background as a painter to a student filmmaker with

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Holy Hell! Interview with the Vampire Turns 20

Holy Hell! Interview with the Vampire Turns 20

Nathan Kamal November 12, 2014 0

It is easy to blame novelist Anne Rice for having paved the road for weirdly moralistic, mopey vampires (and also inadvertently causing Fifty Shades of Grey) to exist in our culture. Her 1977 novel,

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Rediscover: Il Sorpasso

Rediscover: Il Sorpasso

David Harris November 10, 2014 0

While Michelangelo Antonioni with his glowering gaze and Federico Fellini and his grotesqueries may dominate the Italian cinema of the early ‘60s, other auteurs helped fuel this epoch that is now considered one of

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What to Watch: Week of November 10th

What to Watch: Week of November 10th

Spectrum Culture Staff November 9, 2014 0

Monday: Naked What: Mike Leigh’s black ballad of dissolution, doom and despair, charting the unsteady passage of a few miserable Londoners in various states of distress, among them the hyper-articulate, punishingly nihilistic Johnny, a

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From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Message from Space

From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Message from Space

Jesse Cataldo November 5, 2014 0

There’s something endearing about handmade movies, the sort of rinky-dink, crudely fashioned creations which, no matter how many millions of dollars may have been frittered away on their development, still end up looking hopelessly

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Rediscover: Riot in Cell Block 11

Rediscover: Riot in Cell Block 11

David Harris November 3, 2014 0

Although numerous “gritty” prison films may have diminished the effect of Don Siegel’s Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954), the film’s politics were actually quite revolutionary for its era. In a time when prison

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What to Watch: Week of November 3rd

What to Watch: Week of November 3rd

Spectrum Culture Staff November 2, 2014 0

Monday: Gone With the Wind What: The epic to end all epics, the biggest film of the studio system era and one of the most enduringly racist, Gone With the Wind casts the problems

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Oeuvre: Welles: Filming Othello

Oeuvre: Welles: Filming Othello

Alex Peterson October 30, 2014 0

Orson Welles was a genius. The legend that surrounds him – his early success, his seemingly a priori knowledge of how to use film form to tell incisive, dazzling stories, his talent for cinematic

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Holy Hell! Speed Turns 20

Holy Hell! Speed Turns 20

Pat Padua October 29, 2014 0

On June 17, 1994, television news cameras were fixated on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles. Live broadcasts that evening showed the LAPD chasing a white Ford Bronco. The image of O.J. Simpson on

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Rediscover: Master of the House

Rediscover: Master of the House

David Harris October 27, 2014 0

Master of the House (1925) may not be one of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s best known works, lacking the emotional heft of The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) or the resounding terror of Day

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