Author Archives: Budd Wilkins

About Budd Wilkins

Budd Wilkins is a writer, film critic and instructor. He is a Staff Critic for Slant Magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Nordic Issue of Acidemic Journal of Film and Media. He is currently writing a chapter for an anthology on international horror directors to be published by Intellect Press and distributed by University of Chicago Press. Mr. Wilkins was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He attended Penn State for several years before moving to North Carolina in 1994, where he earned his Bachelor's in Religious Studies and a Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Film Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary focus is film history, film literacy and criticism, with the goal of bringing obscure, foreign and films that are labeled "difficult" to the attention of film aficionados of all kinds. Other interests and focus of critique include comparative religion, black humor, 19th century European literature, horror and graphic novels. Mr Wilkins lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Tina. Follow @buddwilkins on Twitter.

Jodorowsky’s Dune (Frank Pavich, 2013)

“Jodorowsky’s Dune, equal parts late-life encomium for a cinematic visionary and elegy for a failed film project, gets a fair shake from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, with a solid dual-format A/V transfer and a brace of fairly interesting deleted scenes.” … Continue reading

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Cannes Film Festival 2014 Coverage

Now you can find all my coverage of this year’s Cannes Film Festival for Slant Magazine in one handy place. Click here.

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Video Watchdog #177

As promised, the latest issue of Video Watchdog contains not one but two (count ‘em!) reviews by yours truly, and it’s a double helping of Criterion Collection wonderfulness: Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone and John Frankenheimer’s Seconds. Available in … Continue reading

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Wonderwall (Joe Massot, 1968)

“Wonderwall is a heady trip best taken for the sensory provocation of its eye-popping set designs and the spaced-out world music ambience of its soundtrack. Barring a few minor caveats, Shout! Factory’s Blu-ray transfer renders that prospect more stimulating than … Continue reading

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Il Sorpasso (Dino Risi, 1962)

“The road leads nowhere in Dino Risi’s Il Sorpasso, a searing sociological X-ray that lays bare the true cost of Italy’s early-’60s economic miracle, finally available on home video in Criterion’s gorgeously packaged dual-format presentation.” Read my review of Il … Continue reading

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Video Watchdog #176

Look for my review of Alex Cox’s cult classic Repo Man (pictured in thumbnail on the cover) in the latest issue of Video Watchdog. I’ll be contributing regularly over at VW, so if you don’t subscribe already, you might consider … Continue reading

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Godzilla (Ishirô Honda, 1954)

“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 … Continue reading

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Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 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)

“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 … Continue reading

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

“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 … Continue reading

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