Archive for category: Directors

Videodrone Classic: ‘Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia’

3 April, 2014 (08:38) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews, Sam Peckinpah | By: Sean Axmaker

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Twilight Time, Blu-Ray), one of Sam Peckinpah’s personal favorites of his films (and the rare Peckinpah film not to get reworked by the studio), opens on an idyllic river scene with a pregnant girl soaking her feet in the lazy current with a beatific smile on her face. […]

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The New Wave Wonders of Tinto Brass

22 February, 2014 (07:09) | by Sean Axmaker, Directors, Essays | By: Sean Axmaker

Bring up the name Tinto Brass and, if you recognize it at all, the first thing that comes to mind  is Caligula, the notorious and grotesque X-rated Roman epic produced by Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione (who also added explicit footage into the already sleazy spectacle).  There’s also the Nazisploitation Salon Kitty (the film that […]

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Why John Carpenter Is the Most Underrated Filmmaker Of Our Time

23 October, 2013 (05:45) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Essays, Film Reviews, Horror, John Carpenter | By: Sean Axmaker

About a decade ago while I was attending the Vancouver International Film Festival, I ended the screening day over beers with a small group of critics. By the end of the evening, we came around to proclaiming John Carpenter the most underrated American filmmaker of our time. Here’s a filmmaker who has made only one […]

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Blu-ray: ‘The Earrings of Madame de…’

10 October, 2013 (12:35) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews, Max Ophuls | By: Sean Axmaker

The European films of Max Ophuls are elaborate dances of romance and seduction in a world of social constraints and fickle lovers, and his 1953 The Earrings of Madame de…, considered by some critics one of the perfect pictures of cinema, is the most elegant of these melancholy waltzes. And it is amazing, a piece […]

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Blu-ray / DVD: ‘The Fog’

30 July, 2013 (16:12) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, John Carpenter | By: Sean Axmaker

The Fog (Shout Factory), John Carpenter’s follow-up to his breakthrough hit Halloween, isn’t among the director’s best films, but it is one of his most gorgeous. Carpenter and his producer / co-writer Debra Hill wanted to make an old-fashioned ghost story, something spooky and eerie, rather than another slasher movie (not that “Halloween” is just […]

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SIFF: ‘Finding Hillywood’

16 May, 2013 (09:36) | by Sean Axmaker, Directors, Essays | By: Sean Axmaker

Leah Warshawski didn’t set out for a movie career. “I got into it because I worked on a boat in college,” recalls the co-director of Finding Hillywood, speaking by phone from a shoot in Idaho. She was studying Japanese at the University of Hawaii when the marine coordinator of the 2003 TV movie Baywatch: Hawaiian […]

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The Beautiful and the Damned: Major Dundee

23 April, 2013 (06:00) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews, Sam Peckinpah | By: Richard T. Jameson

Sam Peckinpah’s much-messed-with 1965 film Major Dundee has just come out on Blu-ray from the boutique label Twilight Time. The two-disc set features both the 2005 reissue based on a preview version of the movie and the version released theatrically 48 years ago. Both are worth having, as the following Queen Anne & Magnolia News […]

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‘Room 237′: Kubrick Scholars Go Wild!

4 April, 2013 (10:56) | by Sean Axmaker, Documentary, Film Reviews, Stanley Kubrick | By: Sean Axmaker

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. So goes the quote so often attributed to Freud, but it’s hard to make that case for coincidence and happenstance in the films of Stanley Kubrick. You can’t completely remove chance from cinema, with all its actors and technicians and moving parts, but the detail-oriented, notorious micromanager Kubrick […]

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Videodrone: Sam Fuller’s ‘China Gate’ and Stuart Gordon’s ‘From Beyond’

27 March, 2013 (20:04) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Sam Fuller | By: Sean Axmaker

I’ve been waiting quite literally for decades for a widescreen release of Sam Fuller’s China Gate (Olive) on home video. Long overdue on disc, it has never been made available widescreen on video of any kind, relegated to pan-and-scan on the long out-of-print VHS release and on every TV or cable showing I’ve ever found. […]

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‘Family Plot’: A Diamond in the Rough

6 March, 2013 (14:17) | Alfred Hitchcock, Essays, Guest Contributor | By: guest

by Evan Morgan Alfred Hitchcock’s career proper begins with a blonde girl’s dying scream and ends on a similarly coiffed woman’s knowing wink. These bookends aren’t indicative of some tonal change over the course of the master’s work; Hitchcock the tragedian and Hitchcock the jester have been here all along, harmoniously sharing the same stage […]

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‘Notorious’ – Radioactive Love

4 March, 2013 (13:33) | Alfred Hitchcock, Essays, Guest Contributor | By: guest

by Evan Morgan In Notorious, love is a weapon more corrosive than a heaping pile of uranium ore. And it has a longer half-life. This Nazi spy story slowly reveals the bruised, battered, but still beating heart pumping beneath its surface. As it does, it emerges as the Hitchcock love story par excellence, a bewitched […]

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Meet Pierre Étaix – Rediscovering a forgotten clown of French cinema

6 February, 2013 (10:20) | by Sean Axmaker, Directors, Events, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Who is Pierre Étaix? His filmography is small (five features and a handful of short films, one of which earned an Oscar), but he worked with Jacques Tati and Robert Bresson, and he’s celebrated as a genius of ’60s French screen comedy. Shouldn’t his reputation precede him? Watch a couple of his masterful films, though, […]

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Soderbergh’s Eleven: The Best of Steven Soderbergh

5 February, 2013 (15:58) | by Sean Axmaker, Directors, Essays | By: Sean Axmaker

Remember when Steven Soderbergh announced imminent retirement a few years ago? Well, he’s apparently holding himself to his promise. Warner Bros. is promoting “Side Effects” as Soderbergh’s final film (apparently the upcoming “Behind the Candelabra” doesn’t count because it’s made for HBO). Hard to believe, given the way he’s been turning out an average of […]

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Blu-ray/DVD: ‘Cosmopolis’

1 January, 2013 (20:16) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, David Cronenberg, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Cosmopolis (eOne) is a microcosm of a disconnected existence, life lived in a bubble in financial dealings and digital communications and brief face-to-face conversations and sexual intermissions in a space shuttle of a limousine creeping through the gridlock of an anonymous New York City. David Cronenberg adapts Don Delillo’s massive novel, distilling it down to […]

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Review: Wise Blood

28 November, 2012 (09:00) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews, John Huston | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in The Weekly, May 28, 1980] I preach that there are all kinds of truth, your truth and somebody else’s, but behind all of them, there’s only one truth and that is that there’s no truth…. Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to never was there, and […]

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