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Serpentine

I have been on a pretty rigorous diet of film watching this Summer. Last night I watched Carnival of Souls (1962) for the first time (it’s awesome), and before that The In-Laws (1979), Lake Placid (1999), Cronos (1993), A Man … Continue reading

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The Sorcerer’s Bridge Scene

Since watching William Friedkin’s 1977 film The Sorcerer a couple of weeks ago, I haven’t been able to get the bridge crossing scene out of my head. The clip above is just one small piece of an almost ten minute … 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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Andrei Tarkovsky Talks about his favorite Directors

I love this video of Tarkovsky in his living room talking about his favorite directors. He seems so tortured and real at the same time, what a nut. I also love his analysis of Antonioni’s vision of “action” in his … Continue reading

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Dreaming in 3-D

I’m getting deeper and deeper into this issue of Filmfax, and I have to say it’s a gem. I just finished the first installment of Vincent Di Fate’s “3-D Cinema: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” which gave a nice overview of … Continue reading

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Derek Jarman’s Wittgenstein on UbuWeb

Just found Derek Jarman’s Wittgenstein (1993) on UbuWeb, what a gem of a film this one is. And what’s more, I just realized UbuWeb now has an embed option for their films—thanks to the new and improved version of the JW … Continue reading

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Zombie Labor

It may come as no surprise that I am fascinated by the privileged position zombies have come to occupy in our cultural imagination recently. And while this surge may be related to our penchant for endless war as this article … Continue reading

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bavacon or: How Blog Branding Ate My Soul

Image credit: “Pittsburgh Comicon” by RL Johnson. Let me be frank here, I love the bava, I do, I love the little fucker. And I pretty much say whatever I want on it, and really could care less about the … Continue reading

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Horror of the 80s: Step-Parents

Now let me be clear about this before I get started, the horror of step-parents is by no means particular to the 1980s. If one thinks about it for a bit, other examples throughout the Western canon of literature and … Continue reading

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Of Punks, Pimps and C.H.U.D.s: Gentrification in NYC as told by 1980s film

Disclaimer: This is a “media-enhanced” version of a paper I wrote in graduate school for an American Studies course back in 2002. And while I recognize it is both rough and theoretically meager at certain points, I’m still fascinated with … Continue reading

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