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Film Review: <em>Prisoners </em> (2013)
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Film Review: Prisoners  (2013)

When early Telluride Film Festival reactions hit the web, Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners (2012) was frequently compared to David Fincher’s opus Zodiac (2007).  Like Zodiac, Prisoners is about an obsessive search for a criminal.  Like Zodiac, Prisoners stars Jake Gyllenhaal as one of its obsessive investigators – one who just happens to have the symbols of the zodiac tattooed on his knuckles.  Yet, to compare the … Continue reading

<em>The Story of Film: An Odyssey</em> Chapter 5: “The Devastation of War…And a New Movie Language (1939-1952)”
Film / Film Reviews / The Story of Film

The Story of Film: An Odyssey Chapter 5: “The Devastation of War…And a New Movie Language (1939-1952)”

Here at The Moviola, we will be covering Mark Cousins’ 15-part documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey every week, providing you with an overview of each episode of The Story of Film as well as a closer look at some of the accompanying movies set to air on TCM. Today, we examine the fifth installment, “The … Continue reading

Leaving the Lights On…Permanently: <em>The Strangers</em>
Film / Film Reviews / The Moviola Horror Corner

Leaving the Lights On…Permanently: The Strangers

This post is part of The Moviola’s Friday column The Moviola Horror Corner, hosted by Meaghan Clohessy Audiences look for the safety nets in horror films. The use of daylight, heightened musical tones, and telling dialogue has all been used to warn of impending dangers. This way, audiences have a system of defense against the … Continue reading

Technicolor Dream: John Ford’s <em>Drums Along The Mohawk</em>
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Technicolor Dream: John Ford’s Drums Along The Mohawk

As remarkable as 1939 is in the history of film, there is only one director who accomplished a hat trick that year. Iconic Western director John Ford crafted three films in that 12 month period which accomplished  feats that any other director would take a lifetime to achieve. He re-invented–and defined– a genre with Stagecoach, … Continue reading

DVD Review: Boris Karloff in Peter Bogdanovich’s TARGETS (1968)
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DVD Review: Boris Karloff in Peter Bogdanovich’s TARGETS (1968)

Peter Bogdanovich is the closest the American cinema has gotten to having a Jean-Luc Godard or François Truffaut figure:  a hybrid of film critic and filmmaker.  After writing books on directors such as John Ford, Orson Welles, and Alfred Hitchcock, Bogdanovich moved to Los Angeles and began working for Roger Corman.  The bargain basement producer … Continue reading

The Story Of Film: An Odyssey – Chapter 4: “The Great American Movie Genres and the Brilliance of European Film (The 1930s)”
Film / Film Reviews / The Story of Film

The Story Of Film: An Odyssey – Chapter 4: “The Great American Movie Genres and the Brilliance of European Film (The 1930s)”

Here at The Moviola, we continue covering Mark Cousins’ 15-part documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey every week, providing an overview of each episode of The Story of Film as well as a closer look at some of the accompanying movies set to air on TCM. Today, we examine the fourth installment, “The Great … Continue reading