Damaged Masculinity + Small Town Fates in BACK ROADS

Alex Pettyfer’s directorial debut is a moody, subdued story about masculinity, family dysfunction, and small town repression.

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LIFEFORCE: Hooper’s Vampires Reflect the Worst of Us

Tobe Hooper’s LIFEFORCE isn’t great, but its themes make the whole thing eerie enough for a dark night alone.

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NIGHTBREED— Or, A Tale of Two Cities

Clive Barker’s NIGHTBREED explores the difference between experiences in the city, focused on those with power v. those without.

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Fear Will Eat You Alive in Stephen King’s IT

For all its faults, this adaptation of Stephen King does have teeth; sharp ones.

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GOAT: Masculinity Unbound

Masculinity isn’t always a bad thing. When it goes toxic, it’s the worst thing.

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Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man: Fever Dream Memories of Christianity and Paganism

The Wicker Man. 1973. Directed by Robin Hardy. Screenplay by Anthony Shaffer; based on the novel Ritual by David Pinner. Starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, Ingrid Pitt, Lindsay Kemp, Russell Water, Aubrey Morris, Irene Sunters, Walter Carr, Ian Campbell, & Roy Boyd. British Lion Film Corporation. Rated R. 94 minutes. Horror/MysteryContinue reading “Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man: Fever Dream Memories of Christianity and Paganism”

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The Godfather: A Definitive American Classic

The Godfather. 1972. Directed & Written by Francis Ford Coppola; based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name. Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Al Lettieri, Diane Keaton, Abe Vigoda, Talia Shire, Gianni Russo, John Cazale, & Rudy Bond. Paramount Pictures/Alfran Productions.Continue reading “The Godfather: A Definitive American Classic”

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The Devil Traffics in Needful Things

Needful Things. 1993. Directed by Fraser C. Heston. Screenplay by W.D. Richter; based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Starring Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia, Amanda Plummer, J.T. Walsh, Ray McKinnon, Duncan Fraser, Valri Bromfield, Shane Meier, William Morgan Sheppard, Don S. Davis, Campbell Lane, Eric Schneider, Frank C. Turner,Continue reading “The Devil Traffics in Needful Things”

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Fincher’s FIGHT CLUB is a Punk Rock Hegel Dialectic

Fincher’s FIGHT CLUB, like Palahniuk’s book, is a wild piece of fiction with roots in old philosophy.

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Paranoid Park; Or, Teenage Crime and Punishment

Paranoid Park. 2007. Directed & Written by Gus Van Sant; based on the novel of the same name by Blake Nelson. Starring Gabe Nevins, Taylor Momsen, Jake Miller, Dan Liu, Lauren McKinney, & Scott Green. MK2/Maximum Films/IFC Films. Rated 14A. 84 minutes. Drama ★★★★ Gus Van Sant is yet another American director by which I’mContinue reading “Paranoid Park; Or, Teenage Crime and Punishment”

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MISERY’s Annie Wilkes is The Rotten Heart of Fandom

Annie Wilkes is the brutality of modern fandom, long before Twitter.

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