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70s Rewind: BITE THE BULLET, Gene Hackman As a True Western Hero

Gene Hackman is a treasure of American cinema. His role in Bite the Bullet is a good example of a less-heralded performance that nonetheless sheds light on his brilliance. Born in 1930, Hackman served in the U.S. Marines shortly after...

Notes on Streaming: THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, When Netflix Goes Nutty

Netflix's deal to purchase worldwide streaming rights to the next Cloverfield from Paramount Pictures -- which would mean the film would not have a theatrical release, as planned -- has been brewing at least since last month's Sundance Film Festival,...

10+ Years Later: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS Still Makes the Cut

So, I was right about this one. It was a chilly day in late 1990, and my younger brother and I got into a disagreement. We could only see one movie. I was a high school geek far before being...

70s Rewind: THE HOSPITAL, Passion, Pain and Dark Comedy

What a dream team! An Academy Award-winning star, an Academy Award-winning writer, the director of an uber-popular romance, and a Bond Girl, all in one movie! Recently released by Twilight Time on a lovely new Blu-ray, The Hospital now plays...

Rey Before Rey: Padmé Is the Protagonist of THE PHANTOM MENACE

Among many things, one area where The Phantom Menace falls behind the other Star Wars films is its lack of a clear hero's journey, driving the narrative as Luke's drives Star Wars and Rey's drives The Force Awakens. Fans like...

Have Your Say: Actors As Game Characters

Last night, Variety posted the news that actor John Cena is currently being negotiated with for playing the lead character in Paramounts planned Duke Nukem film. John Cena as Duke? That seems... well, that's actually seems like a remarkably good...

10+ Years Later: THE PRESTIGE, Christopher Nolan's Most Knotty Work

"In my travels, I have seen the future... And it is a strange future indeed. The world, ladies and gentleman, is on the brink of new, terrifying possibilities." This is how Robert Angier, introduces his magic act, 'The Real Transported...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite John Carpenter Film?

Many salutations and congratulations to director and composer John Carpenter, who turns seventy years old this very day! While it's been a while since one of his films has turned into a classic, his resumee boasts a fair few already,...

Friday One Sheet: THE COMMUTER (and Perspective Text)

Ever since the Saul Bass designed opening titles of North by Northwest, key art designers have used perspective text to imply 'on the run.' This minimalist (one of very many great Bass inflectected designs from LA Studios) key art, quite...

70s Rewind: EMPEROR OF THE NORTH, How to Ride the Rails

Those eyes; those teeth! When Ernest Borgnine's face fills the screen in Robert Aldrich's Emperor of the North, it's a terrifying sight. Shack, the character Borgnine embodies, is a conductor on a freight train in the Pacific Northwest in the...

Have Your Say: What's The Best Film By Guillermo Del Toro?

Last Sunday, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, for his film The Shape of Water. Congrats to him! Some think an Oscar or Globe was long overdue, some think him an auteur, yet...

Zach Gayne's Favourite Screen Relics of 2017

If I knew what was good for me, I’d make a 2018 resolution to chill out on these over-elaborate year-end lists that have annually stuffed my Decembers with a round-the-clock obsession to leave no stone unturned. This is my fourth...

Friday One Sheet: ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

The one thing I love about Korean theatrical posters is that they often just take a good photograph and make it the key art. No fuss, no muss, a wee bit of photoshop buffing, a great sense of framing, and...

TWIN PEAKS and The Point Of No Return

Our resident Peaks expert, Zach Gayne, gives an in-depth and exhaustive look at the themes and spirituality of the entire Twin Peaks universe.

An American Film Geek's Top Ten of 2017

What an embarrassment. An embarrassment of riches, that is. 2017 had so many excellent, top-tier, wonderful, provocative, enjoyable films, that any given critic's list can't help but be embarrassing for what's not able to be included. I've seen no shortage...

ScreenAnarchy's Favourite Films of 2017

Another year over, and what an annus horribilis it proved to be in so many ways. But away from the political atrocities that took place in pretty much every country you care to mention, and the sexual harassment scandals that...

Our Favorite Faces Of Dwayne Johnson

While Star Wars is currently world box office leader once more, in the US it is closely followed by the new Jumanji film. Our Peter Martin thought Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to be a decently fun and thrilling affair,...

Have Your Say: There's Too Much STAR WARS Happening

Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi is taking the world by storm, and while some people have angrily stated that this will be "Their Last Star Wars", for others it has renewed interest in the franchise. The good news...

Our Favorite Faces Of Laura Dern

This weekend, Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi conquered box offices worldwide, and there was much rejoicing, wailing and the gnashing of teeth, as with any film in this franchise. Our Jim Tudor had fun with it, and says...

Notes on Streaming: Diabolical DARK, Murderous MINDHUNTER

In which two Netflix series seek to unsettle and undermine expectations. Let's talk about crime. In the 1970s, U.S. broadcast television networks were awash in weekly crime shows that wrapped up cases in less than an hour. Beginning with Hill...