Godzilla (Ishirô Honda, 1954)

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“Rarely has the open wound of widespread devastation been transposed to celluloid with greater visceral impact. Put another way, Godzilla is the Germany Year Zero of monster movies.”

Read my review of Godzilla, which plays for a week at NYC’s Film Forum in preparation for the big-budget, big lizard remake that comes out next month, at Slant Magazine.

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Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995)

Dead Man (1995)

Contributed a few words about Jim Jarmusch’s lysergic Western to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s latest critics’ poll. Read my blurb here.

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Tess (Roman Polanski, 1979)

tessbr“Tragedy has never looked more ravishing than in Roman Polanski’s elegiac epic. Criterion’s stunning Blu-ray transfer does complete justice to every frame of its pictorial grandeur, while also serving up a heaping helping of instructive special features.”

Read my entire review of Polanski’s gorgeous adaptation of Hardy’s classic novel, out late last month from Criterion, at Slant Magazine.

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Women in Chains: Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Trans-Europ-Express and Successive Slidings of Pleasure

transeuropexpress“Alain Robbe-Grillet’s films are as intricate and enigmatic as you might expect from the man who scripted the seminal French New Wave puzzle-picture Last Year at Marienbad. They’re also slyly humorous, intellectually playful, and intensely and perversely erotic.”

Read my review of these two seminal Robbe-Grillet films, out this week in gorgeous Blu-ray transfers from Redemption Films and Kino Lorber, at Slant Magazine.

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Interview: Bruce Goldstein

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“Bruce Goldstein, director of repertory programming at New York’s legendary Film Forum, will be presenting The Tingler in the grand old style at The Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina, with all the original gimmickry intact, as well as a few new surprises. Mr. Goldstein recently took time out to talk with me about William Castle, doing the gimmicks, and introducing audiences around the world to The Tingler.”

Read my entire interview with Bruce Goldstein at Movie Mezzanine.

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Boy (Nagisa Oshima, 1969)

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“Nagisa Oshima’s Boy has the “ripped from the headlines” appeal of a timely social-problem film, recounting three months in the life of a struggling family (disabled veteran father, young stepmother, two children) that looks to get ahead by faking car accidents and blackmailing motorists into a hasty payoff, as seen through the eyes of the titular 10-year-old, complete with occasional voiceover narration.”

Read my review of Boy, playing for a week at NYC’s Film Forum, at Slant Magazine.

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Sightseers (Ben Wheatley, 2012)

sightseersOn MPI Home Video’s DVD release of Sightseers: “Demented and darkly hilarious, Ben Wheatley’s film gets a perfectly acceptable DVD transfer, as well as some insightful interview-based extras, from MPI Media Group.”

Read my entire review at Slant Magazine.

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