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.

Curtains (Jonathan Stryker, 1983)

“Synapse’s impressive, nearly pristine Blu-ray presentation reopens Curtains for a fresh round of appreciation for its slapdash charms.” Read my full review of Canadian cult favorite Curtains, out last month on Blu-ray from Synapse, at Slant Magazine.

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Cannibal Holocaust (Ruggero Deodato, 1980)

“A cut above most Italian cannibal cinema, Cannibal Holocaust provides viewers with sufficient pluck some thematic meat to sink their teeth into. Grindhouse’s deluxe Blu-ray edition serves up a supplement-laden smorgasbord.” Read my full review of Deodat’s pioneering tropical torture … Continue reading

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The French Connection Screening Tonight at The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro

It’s time for THE FRENCH CONNECTION, Yes! Weekly movie reviewer Mark Burger’s pick for the Summer Film Festival! The movie starts at 7pm with a special intro from film critic Budd Wilkins, so get your popcorn and get ready for … Continue reading

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Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma, 1974)

“Fortunately for Phantom of the Paradise fanatics, they won’t need to sell their souls for Shout! Factory’s fantastic dual-format release, not even for ‘The Hell of It.’” Read my review of De Palma’s cult musical masterwork, out now from Shout! … Continue reading

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New Film Series

We are extremely pleased to announce a new film series at The Crown at The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro beginning August 18, 2014. The series is entitled Critic’s Choice Cinema at The Crown, and will be hosted by Greensboro Film … Continue reading

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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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