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.

Video Watchdog #180

Coming soon to a newsstand near you – and via subscription or newfangled digital platforms – it’s Video Watchdog 180, featuring lots of content from yours truly: an in-depth, 10-page exploration of the films of writer/director Alain Robbe-Grillet, as well … Continue reading

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Boro, L’Île d’Amour: The Films of Walerian Borowczyk

Coming this August. Includes a chapter on THE STRANGE CASE OF DOCTOR JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE (1981) by yours truly. At time of writing, I only had a middling YouTube print to work from. Now, of course, there’s a spectacular … Continue reading

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Video Watchdog #178

Hot off the presses, the latest issue of Video Watchdog contains my review of Shout! Factory’s deep-stacked Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Joe Dante’s masterwork The Howling. Click here for more info as well as a nifty preview of the contents.

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Best Films of 2014

Here is my list of the best films of the year, along with links to those I’ve had the chance to review: 1. Inherent Vice 2. Mr. Turner 3. National Gallery 4. The Immigrant 5. Under the Skin 6. Venus … Continue reading

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R. I. P. Mike Nichols

From cutting-edge standup to New Hollywood cinema and beyond, his influence was incalculable. Here’s my take on The Graduate, one of his all-time masterworks.

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Le Jour Se Lève (Marcel Carné, 1939)

“Le Jour Se Lève typically gets shoehorned, along with a handful of other collaborations between director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert, into a filmic historical movement known by the oxymoronic catchall “poetic realism.” But, in many ways, it’s more … Continue reading

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Demons 2 (Lamberto Bava, 1986)

“Looking spectacular on Synapse’s otherwise barebones Blu-ray, Demons 2 trades in its predecessor’s penchant for wall-to-wall gore in favor of surreal shocks and quasi-Cronenbergian craziness.” Read my entire review of Lamberto Bava’s surreal successor to Demons, out this week in … Continue reading

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