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.

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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Interview: Bruce Goldstein

“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 … Continue reading

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Boy (Nagisa Oshima, 1969)

“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 … Continue reading

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Sightseers (Ben Wheatley, 2012)

On 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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Best Films of 2013

Here’s my ballot for Slant Magazine’s Best Films of 2013 (with a link to the list), for which I wrote up both the general introduction as well as the #2 film, my favorite of the last year: 1. Inside Llewyn … Continue reading

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Passion (Brian De Palma, 2012)

“Dumped unceremoniously into a handful of theaters earlier this year, Brian De Palma’s sexy and savage Passion gets a spectacular Blu-ray transfer (and precious little else in the way of supplements) from Entertainment One.” Read my review of De Palma’s … Continue reading

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Body Bags (John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper, 1993)

“A better-than-average horror anthology from two of horror’s reigning masters, Body Bags benefits considerably from an HD upgrade that’s been fleshed out with some salient supplements by Shout! Factory.” Read my review of Body Bags, out this month on Blu-ray … Continue reading

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