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'After I Burned Down The Studio, I Was Thirsty, And An African Man Does Not Take Up Lindy Dancing For The Sake Of Boasting' — An INTERVIEW with ROBINSON DEVOR

Film/Video Features 'After I Burned Down The Studio, I Was Thirsty, And An African Man Does Not Take Up Lindy Dancing For The Sake Of Boasting' — An INTERVIEW with ROBINSON DEVOR By Mar 30, 2009, 07:59 --> Independent film is becoming increasingly marginalized, there's not much wiggle-room between mumblecore gunk wherein a bunch of […]

THE AGE OF REVISION: Spaghetti Westerns

Film/Video Features THE AGE OF REVISION: Spaghetti Westerns By Feb 10, 2009, 07:47 --> There is one ethos to define the decade that concludes the 20th century. And, given the hoopla over the end of the millennium—most hotel rooms are booked New Year's Eve, 2000, the world over—this defining ethos seems, on the surface, to […]

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THE PROPOSITION directed by John Hillcoat

It figures Nick Cave would script a movie Western. The man's got a history of plundering from the past for inspiration. But he's at least discriminating if not respectful. Indeed as grave robbers go Cave is highly methodical and deliberate. Earlier works made overt reference to things like: hillbilly music, Southern Gothic fiction, the Bible. […]

PUNK ROCK THEATRE? Please Explain: A Conversation with Pavement Group's David Perez

Film/Video Features PUNK ROCK THEATRE? Please Explain: A Conversation with Pavement Group's David Perez By May 6, 2008, 03:49 --> The terms “punk rock” and “theatre” are rarely, if ever, seen side-by-side. The generalization simply spells out that punk rock is for the young crowd and theatre, the old. Maybe high-brow vs. low-brow? Pavement Group's […]

DEPRAVED! SHOCKING! TRUE! A NIGHT at the GRINDHOUSE

Book Features DEPRAVED! SHOCKING! TRUE! A NIGHT at the GRINDHOUSE By Apr 5, 2007, 05:52 --> The complete history of “adults only” sexploitation cinema has yet to be written, though Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of “Adults Only” Cinema (St. Martins Griffin, 1996) is an excellent place to dive in. Co-written by Eddie Muller and Daniel […]

THE TABLOID FILMS of SAMUEL FULLER

Film/Video Features THE TABLOID FILMS of SAMUEL FULLER By Oct 18, 2007, 00:18 * Wild trumpet-driven jazz plays. We see a tall blonde swinging a purse at the camera. Cut to a man recoiling from the blows and staggering backwards; the camera goes back to the woman and jerks around giddily as she continues battering […]

A Life in Film Criticism: Robin Wood at 75

Film/Video FeaturesA Life in Film Criticism: Robin Wood at 75 By Nov 9, 2006, 07:29 Photo by Armen Svadjian © 2006 The 1965 publication of Robin Wood's Hitchcock's Films is a landmark of film criticism. And though there are many good books on film, there are few true landmarks. To be sure, its author—a 34-year-old […]

TURN THAT THING OFF: Filmmaker Nick Broomfield

Film/Video FeaturesTURN THAT THING OFF: Filmmaker Nick Broomfield By Jun 1, 2000, 04:36 Ever since director Nick Broomfield first stepped in front of his own camera he has been a lightning rod for hostility from not only his subjects, but also his peers. Arguments within the film world over Broomfield's particular brand of guerilla filmmaking […]