He unsettled movie genres even as he helped define them.

Visionary, Bolshevist, Paramount Pictures’ newest star.

Nocenti’s work stands out like Longshot’s weirdly glowing eye.

A repeating slideshow from a series of knee-high cameras.

Hurt Locker was very good — not always a pre­requisite for Oscar-winners

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Jules Verne on laudanum, and four other writers rolled into one.

When trash meets art.

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He insisted that he was a poet, no matter what the medium.

German history, anti-norm­ativity, and structur­alism.

Andre Bazin wrote “he directs facts” — but did he?

High Corman: pell-mell, hep, bizarrely hybridized.

“All Lean’s movies are Life Epics, about individuals… and their dawning conscience.”

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A brutality so extreme as to border on black comedy.

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Beauty — rapturous sexy sexy, glorious abandon at war with ethics.

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He preferred thieves and roués to bosses, bureaucrats, and burghers.


Beneath the flash and fun, a slick of moral quandaries.

DAVID CRONENBERG (born 1943) has been lauded for his blurring of boundaries…

Few cultural scraps are as redolent of lo-fi VHS genre pleasures than…


The 1960s was a terrible decade for film and television comedy, but…

Ed Wood and Bela Lugosi

Ironists don’t understand Wood.


Filmmaker PRESTON STURGES (1898-1959) made a joyful mockery of the Hays Code…


The life and films of ROMAN POLANSKI (born 1933) in turn foreshadow,…


ALFRED HITCHCOCK (1899-1980) was schooled in the genre conventions of the English…