Monthly Archives: February 2010

The House of the Devil (Ti West, 2009)

Based only on the evidence of its mise-en-scène (which reconfirms the suspicion that pizza is the plebe marker of class in Reagan-era films), the grainy film stock (which impeccably captures haze and flicker and moonlight and shadow), and the slow-burning … Continue reading

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Four of the Apocalypse (I quattro dell’apocalisse) (Lucio Fulci, 1975)

It is easier to read this film as an elegy for the Spaghetti Western (considering it arrives almost too late for the party); and to deduce which of its four main characters represent which of the four horsemen alluded to … Continue reading

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Shogun Assassin (Robert Houston, 1980)

Grouse all you want, you Edo period-piece aficionados, you snobs of samurai film, at the bastardization/dilution/sensationalization of your beloved originals. Need one remind you that your favored Mks. I and II are themselves mere lights-and-shadows-on-a-screen adaptations of pens-and-inks-on-a-page? Consider this: … Continue reading

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