Monthly Archives: September 2011

The French Connection (William Friedkin, 1971)

“Four decades after its initial release, William Friedkin’s Oscar-sweeper The French Connection remains an electrifying achievement, drawing its high-voltage forward momentum from the collision of semi-documentary procedural, with its based-on-real-events verisimilitude, and downbeat rogue-cop revisionism.” Read my review of The … Continue reading

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Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma, 1980)

“De Palma’s fever dream of fear and desire may never get the deluxe Blu-ray transfer it so richly deserves, but Dressed to Kill still goes straight for the jugular after all these years.” Read my review of the new Blu-ray … Continue reading

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Nicholas Ray Blogathon: Nicholas Ray, Poet of Violence

My contribution to the ongoing Nicholas Ray Blogathon appears on the official Slant Magazine blog site, The House Next Door.

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Hanna (Joe Wright, 2011)

“Sure to deliver a whopping sugar rush, as well as the inevitably sour letdown, Hanna has all the thematic heft and cerebral staying-power audiences have come to expect from this variety of cotton-candy cinema.” My review of the new Hanna … Continue reading

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Birthing Bad: Lars von Trier’s Antichrist

My contribution to the engrossing new issue of The Acidemic Journal of Film and Media situates Lars von Trier’s divisive Antichrist in its “Nordic horror” genealogy.

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