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Manchild in the Promised Land (1965, Claude Brown)

I haven’t read very much black literature or drug-culture literature or ghetto-life literature but I’ve never read anything that delves as deeply and as unpretentiously into such topics as this book, whose title and author I’d never heard of before … Continue reading

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Doctor Soused

13 Nov 2013: Drunken Angel (DVD, 1948, Akira Kurosawa) Not quite yet at the level of his masterworks of the fifties and sixties, at least as far as editing, pacing, moral exploration and overall scope is concerned – he’s probably … Continue reading

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Junk Mail

6 Nov 2013: The Postman Always Rings Twice (DVD, 1981, Bob Rafelson) Because of its high production values (with an expert polish to its noir aesthetic) and the star power of Jack Nicholson, this film feels much more enjoyable than … Continue reading

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Intention Unknown

5 Nov 2013: Code Unknown (DVD, 2000, Michael Haneke) Either intriguingly mysterious or banally unmysterious, this film probably depends more than most on where you are to fill in its gaps (visualized via black-cushioned cuts between the disparate events of … Continue reading

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Extinctional Family

31 Oct 2013: Fists in the Pocket (DVD, 1965, Marco Bellocchio) Since one bathtub murder in a week wasn’t enough (the first one was faked, anyway), here’s a somewhat different story involving a similar device. While it has an unusual … Continue reading

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Drowning Your Problems in Film

30 Oct 2013: Diabolique (DVD, 1955, Henri-Georges Clouzot) An unsung masterwork of horror and dread, this film, like Wages of Fear and Le Corbeau, demonstrates Clouzot’s expertise at generating a claustrophobic and atmospheric environment of suspicion and recrimination. It seems … Continue reading

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Into the Flashback

27 Oct 2013: Out of the Past (DVD, 1947, Jacques Tourneur) For a film noir – but not for Jacques Tourneur – this movie is surprisingly meditative and melancholy in its mood even when including the usual hard-edged conventions: the … Continue reading

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