Monthly Archives: September 2010

Forbidden Zone (Richard Elfman, 1982)

Imagery that is both excitably phantasmagorical and queasily pretty complements a shaggy dog story wherein a family—headed by a Cab Calloway-crooning paterfamilias and supplemented by a sexpot Gallic daughter, a progeric kvetching Borscht Belt son, and a wrestling grandpa—gets dumped, … Continue reading

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Fear No Evil (Frank LaLoggia, 1981)

Based on the deeply-false assumption that one can read a tyro filmmaker’s biography from their debut feature (see, e.g., Phantasm), Frank LaLoggia, the twentysomething writer-director-composer (!-!!-!!!) at the helm of this film is either a former altar boy who spent … Continue reading

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Martyrs (Pascal Laugier, 2008)

Despite its assured direction; despite its sumptuous minimal color palate (industrial greys, charcoal blacks, and linen whites flecked and splotched by crimson and skin); despite one genuinely stunning performance (by Mylène Jampanoï, who, to be fair, is given enough expressive … Continue reading

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Birth (Jonathan Glazer, 2004)

It’s difficult to explain just how this film works at all, with its dead-eyed joyless protagonists with starchy teeth and angular clothes; its glacial pace and icy cinematography; and its chill whiff of cross-class pedophilia. Perhaps it’s best to know … Continue reading

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