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The Last Hunter

A couple of nights ago enjoyed an epic double feature of the two defining Vietnam War movies: The Deer Hunter (1978) and Apocalypse Now (1979). It was a 6 hour tour de force, and both films were even more mind-blowing … Continue reading

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Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

@jimgroom Bava Snob — Martin Weller (@mweller) October 27, 2014 I try not to be, but whenever I see a Dario Argento film it’s hard not to compare his work to the master, Mario Bava. And with such a pairing, Argento always … Continue reading

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Wire 106: S03E03 “Dead Soldiers”

In this video discussion of episode 3 of Season 3 of the The Wire, “Dead Soldiers,”  Paul and I were joined by Meredith Fierro, Amy Wallace, and Alison Thoet. The conversation covers a lot of ground, and this episode has a bunch … Continue reading

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International Horror Comes to Culpeper: Four Flies on Gray Velvet and Thriller

On October 25th the Library of Congress, Packard Campus will be showing Dario Argento’s 1972 film Four Flies on Gray Velvet. The following description of this trippy film is taken from Wikipedia: Roberto Tobias (Brandon) is a drummer in a … Continue reading

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Hitchcock Motifs

UMW Art History professor JeanAnn Dabb is teaching a Freshman Seminar on Alfred Hitchcock. Few subjects in this world are more compelling than Hitchcock’s films, and it’s hard to think of a better excuse to run a course blog. So, that’s … Continue reading

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Lord of the Rings and the 1970s Fantasy Aesthetic

The kids and I started watching Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy this week, and they’re having a blast with it. When I saw the shot of the Ring Wraiths filing into the tavern in the Fellowship of the … Continue reading

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Le Trou: the Labor of Cinematic Love

When I was in graduate school I took a course about labor and cinema that had a wide range of post-war films coupled with readings from critical film studies, post-structuralist Marxism, etc. —you get the general late 1990s grad school … Continue reading

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Disneyland Dream (1956)

While doing research about The 7th Voyage of Sinbad for my last post I discovered, thanks to this 2008 post on Cartoon Brew, that in 2008 a home movie taken in 1956 at Disneyland titled “Disneyland Dream” was selected for … Continue reading

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“Hey, Nancy, no running in the hallways”

Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) remains one of the great films of the slasher genre, I actually taught it back in the Summer of 2000 as part of a discussion of recent Horror film cycles. Not only does it pick … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Time in the West – Opening Scene

The opening scene from Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) may very well be the greatest opening scene of any film ever. And I mean ever, I can’t even think of anything remotely close, save maybe … Continue reading

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