|Alex Kies| In 1934, Universal Studios was a house divided. Despite the protestations of studio head “Uncle” Carl Laemmle, his nephew, 23-year-old Carl “Junior” Laemmle, one of Hollywood’s foundational nepotism hires, had inaugurated the golden age of studio horror… Continue reading
|Kelly Krantz| Phantom of the Paradise is truly unlike any other movie. Sure, you can draw comparisons to much older stories such as The Phantom of the Opera and Faust. It’s visually tapping into similar ideas as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the band Kiss. Continue reading
|Matt Levine| There’s a common conception about Brian De Palma that he’s little more than a Hitchcock imitator: wildly entertaining maybe, sumptuously stylish definitely, but without many original themes or ideas of his own. The accusation that De Palma’s success is based on… Continue reading
|Nick Kouhi| Ghosts seem to linger in the films of Lucrecia Martel. The Argentinian auteur doesn’t explicitly deal with the paranormal, yet her films take images culled from the everyday and transform them into the eerie. Martel’s films sonically and visually disorient many a newcomer… Continue reading
|Chris Polley| “Tomorrow you will die. -Nicolas Cage.” This is one of the earliest recountings of the Hollywood staple’s autograph signings, as told by Raising Arizona co-star Sam McMurray to Insider for an oral history of the film. McMurray witnessed Cage commit these words… Continue reading
|Alex Kies| “The living horror of last night was over. The only thought left was the paralyzing fear that it could happen today or tomorrow.” -Raymond Burr, from Godzilla, King of the Monsters … On September 2, 1945, in the wake of years of costly island warfare… Continue reading
|Terry Serres| Agnès Varda is variously termed the godmother, the grandmother, or the mother of the French New Wave (in ascending order of Google hits). While it is certainly high praise to be accorded primacy in such an important movement of filmmaking, these phrases imply… Continue reading
|Finn Odum| I have spent an embarrassing amount of time being mad about vampires, and this piece is proof that I need to have my writing platform removed immediately.
Arrebató is a fantastic film. In his final, career-killing movie, Ivan Zulueta spins an incredible tale… Continue reading
|Becky Welander| I’ve been interested in fashion for as long as I can remember.
I grew up in a very small town in Southeastern Minnesota in the 1970s and 80s, where I spent much of my childhood dreaming of escaping to bigger, fashionable locales such as New York, Paris, and London. Continue reading
|Alexander Gray| Millennium Actress screens at the Trylon Cinema from Sunday, March 27 to Tuesday, March 29. For tickets and more information, scroll to the bottom of this post. On the banks of a manmade lake in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park stands a line of Grecian columns that are… Continue reading