Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Seven-Ups (Philip D’Antoni, 1973)

The car chase at the midpoint of this cops-and-mobsters film is a marvel; its camera movement and framing, its impeccable editing, and its sparing use of sound (including revving engines, humming tires, and expletive-mumbling Roy Scheider), leads one to make … Continue reading

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The Last Horror Film (David Winters, 1982)

Joe Spinell makes everything dirty. Whether he’s blabbing in his neon-lit hotel room wearing a gendarme’s outfit, or babbling in a nightmare, wearing an absurdly ill-fitting garish shirt and bow tie made, incredibly, of perspiration, the character actor with unruly … Continue reading

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Feast (John Gulager, 2005)

Imagine Feast’s two Project Greenlight screenwriters sequestered in a dusky Arizona motel, one sipping Dickel, the other chugging Nyquil, one set of eyes on the messy Mexican porn on the television, the other watching a mountain lion delicately disembowel a … Continue reading

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Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection (2010)

This slab of amazing is a tome haunted by the friendly ghosts of video tapes, ‘zines, and the U.S. Postal Service, and a reminder that, like going to a movie theater in an insalubrious borough, film journalism involves sweaty labor … Continue reading

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Overlord (Stuart Cooper, 1975)

Part Imperial War Museum archival documentary, part impressionistic meditation on mortality, part traditional war narrative, this film really is like nothing that came before or, one thinks, will come after. Its gestation–director Stuart Cooper and cinematographer John Alcott tried obsessively, … Continue reading

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Survival of the Dead (George A. Romero, 2009)

George Romero has made a (mid-Atlantic) western. Fightin’ families, ridin’ horses, shootin’ guns, and eatin’ brains pad out a story of a feud between the (despicable) Muldoons and the (reprehensible) O’Flynns, who argue about how to treat the undead varmints … Continue reading

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