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.

Tampopo (Juzo Itami, 1985)

“Juzo Itami’s “ramen western” Tampopo is a zesty concoction that investigates the often surreal intersections of sex, death, and other human appetites.” Read the rest of the review at Slant Magazine.

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Ludwig (Luchino Visconti, 1973)

“Luchino Visconti’s magisterial character study receives a stunning 2K restoration and a brace of excellent supplements.” Read the entire review at Slant Magazine.

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Property Is No Longer a Theft (Elio Petri, 1973)

“This dark satire on ownership and its discontents makes its Blu-ray debut with a remarkable 4K restoration and a trio of informative interviews.” Read the entire review on Slant Magazine.

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Black Society Trilogy (Takashi Miike, 1995-1999)

“Takashi Miike’s loosely linked examinations of social ostracization and criminality get reasonably robust transfers and a few solid supplements from Arrow Video.” Read the entire review on Slant Magazine.

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Multiple Maniacs (John Waters, 1970)

“Antisocial (anti-)art of the highest caliber, John Waters’s Multiple Maniacs receives a pristine 4K restoration and some solid supplements from the Criterion Collection.” I review the tech specs and extras on Criterion’s fab new Blu-ray. Read the entire review over … Continue reading

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Being There (Hal Ashby, 1979)

“Hal Ashby’s plangent fable receives a smashing 4K restoration and a fine brace of bonus materials from the Criterion Collection.” Read the rest of the review on Slant Magazine.

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Elle (Paul Verhoeven, 2016)

“Confrontational and often corrosively funny, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle gets a suitably subdued transfer from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.” I reviewed the technical specs on Sony’s Blu-ray release. Read the whole review on Slant Magazine.

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