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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. Advertisements

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The Films of Anthony Mann (Part 1): Desperate, The Black Book (aka Reign of Terror), Devil’s Doorway, The Tall Target

After trying to get through the thoroughly old-fashioned Two O’Clock Courage (1945), an ideal cure for insomnia interesting only for its opening dolly-in and crane shot of an injured Tom Conway standing at a crossroads, bleeding from a nasty head … Continue reading

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“The Great Whatsit”: Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955)

Kiss Me Deadly doesn’t so much paint classic film noir into a generic cul-de-sac as blow it right out of the water, clearly intimating The End. (Only Touch of Evil [1958] remains to set a battered and charred headstone atop … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: June 24 – July 11

For Your Height Only (Eddie Nicart, 1981) Queen of Black Magic (Liliek Sudijo, 1983) Two from cult DVD label Mondo Macabro’s schlockmeister of choice, producer Dick Randall. Hands down the more amusing entry, Height towers over the competition—if by competition … Continue reading

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