Monthly Archives: June 2010

Fat City (John Huston, 1972)

This film’s opening sequence–where the remarkable Stacy Keach melts on his bed in droopy underwear, inserts a lazy cigarette in his nickel-slot of a mouth, lurches around and rummages through his sweaty room in search of a match, collapses frustratedly … Continue reading

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Roadgames (Richard Franklin, 1981)

Long-distance driving consists of an ever-multiplying set of connections between the man-made and natural worlds. The wheels engage in rumbling rubber communion with the asphalt. Tiny insects meet not-so-cute with windshields. Wind whispers to steel. Dust snuggles up with chrome. … Continue reading

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Frightmare (Norman Thaddeus Vane, 1983)

The gaping maw between cinemagoing generations isn’t as large as Conrad Ragzoff’s offing of his aficionados would have us believe. In this film, Young Hollywood pays tribute to its ancestors by robbing a mausoleum and throwing an ill-advised banquet and … Continue reading

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Keoma (Enzo G. Castellari, 1976)

Into a windswept desert town suffering two plagues, a literal one for which they are denied medical care, and a figurative one caused by ex-soldiers who no longer have war and capitalists whose desire for power and a docile populace … Continue reading

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Dennis Hopper (1936-2010)

Rest in peace, ye beatific maniac.

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