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.

Golden Year: SECONDS (John Frankenheimer, 10/5/1966)

In the hands of lesser craftsmen, Seconds might have made for a chillingly effective episode of The Twilight Zone padded out to feature length. But the perfect storm of creative talent – director John Frankenheimer, cinematographer James Wong Howe, composer … Continue reading

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Video Watchdog #182

Video Watchdog 182, shipping to subscribers mid-February and available in bookstores early March, contains several Blu-ray reviews from me, including George Barry’s mindblowing Death Bed: The Bed That Eats. Click here for more info – and a full-color, 18-page sneak … Continue reading

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Golden Year: OUR MAN FLINT (Daniel Mann, 1/16/1966)

Our Man Flint came out at the height of the pop cultural “spy craze” that followed in the wake of the Bond films’ phenomenal popularity. By 1966, an apparently endless proliferation of globetrotting and gadget-mongering secret agents seemed to dominate … Continue reading

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Golden Year: A Yearlong Film Project

Every year brings a bumper crop of exceptional cinema, especially over that “long decade” that demarcates my own favorite period in film (as in so many other things), c. 1965-1980. Still, 1966 proved to be something of an annus mirabilis: … Continue reading

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Starman: Bowie on Film

“Turn and face the strange.” More than any other single lyric he penned, this line contains for me the essence of David Bowie’s life philosophy. Stand your ground and confront those things that make us strangers to ourselves, aliens in … Continue reading

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Through a Glass Sparkly: Robert Stigwood and SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (Michael Schultz, 1978)

The recent passing of music impresario-turned-film producer Robert Stigwood motivated me to cast a cold eye back over his cinematic legacy. I would argue the movies the man has bequeathed us can best be summed up — to borrow the … Continue reading

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Best Films of 2015 (In Alphabetical Order)

These are the best new release (or VOD) titles, out of the 456 films and TV series that I watched over the last year. Amy (Asif Kapadia, 2015) Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, 2015) The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015) … Continue reading

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