BLUE VELVET (1986) – Review by Tracy Biga [Film Quarterly]

2017-09-18T16:26:34-07:00 September 17th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA, DAVID LYNCH|Tags: , , |

by Tracy Biga Much of the humor in David Lynch’s reworked fifties crime thriller/horror/gothic film Blue Velvet comes from mundane statements which, when filtered by his personal vision, appear weird, but still oddly familiar, just as the open­ing shots of flowers against a white picket fence and a waving fireman [...]

STANLEY KUBRICK’S THE SHINING – Review by Flo Leibowitz and Lynn Jeffress [Film Quarterly]

2017-09-16T13:13:43-07:00 September 16th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA, STANLEY KUBRICK|Tags: , , |

by Flo Leibowitz and Lynn Jeffress To all appearances, The Shining is simply a hope­lessly clichéd gothic horror film. Can this be ser­ious? A lonely house on a hill haunted by ancestral ghosts that curse successive generations and force them to re-enact the original horror. It is not even redeemed [...]

LE NOTTI DI CABIRIA (1957) – Review by James Kerans [Film Quarterly]

2017-08-23T15:33:29-07:00 August 23rd, 2017|Categories: CINEMA, FEDERICO FELLINI|Tags: , , , |

by James Kerans All the Fellini virtues are here: the fluent camera, the wit, the elegant composition, the theme-and-variations style, the melange of theatrical and religious symbol, the parabolic eloquence, the vocabulary of private motifs. La Strada is more exciting, because it calls for the management of material more coarse, [...]

BLADE RUNNER – Review by Michael Dempsey [Film Quarterly]

2017-09-03T21:16:03-07:00 August 14th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA, RIDLEY SCOTT|Tags: , , |

by Michael Dempsey In director Ridley Scott’s $30-million noir thriller, Blade Runner, set in Los Angeles 36 years from now, sophisticated new robots known as “replicants” have drastically narrowed the gap between humans and machines. Prize creations of the cadaverous, ironic Dr. Eldon Tyrell and his superconglomerate, they not only [...]