Posts filed under "Essays"

The Mabuse Trilogy, Part II: The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

Posted by John Munshour December 24, 2013 0 Comment 6101 views

Fritz Lang’s The Testament of Dr. Mabuse asks not only troubling questions about it’s historical political climate, but also about the human condition.

Fritz Lang’s Western Flirtations

Posted by Pam December 20, 2013 0 Comment 4803 views

Fritz Lang is most well known for his early German Expressionist work, his contribution to film noir, and his devotion to wearing a monocle. But he also loved westerns and he made three of ’em.

The Mabuse Trilogy. Part I: Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler and the Weimar Era

Posted by John Munshour December 18, 2013 0 Comment 4651 views

He’s in gambling, blackmail, and murder. He’s in disguise and undetectable. He is crime and he is Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler

New and “Oldboy”

Posted by Wade Sheeler December 17, 2013 0 Comment 2723 views

Wade Sheeler compares and contrasts the Korean classic and the Spike Lee version to help you decide which is worth the ticket price.

So you want to watch Metropolis (1927)?

Posted by Brandy Dean December 9, 2013 0 Comment 10968 views

So you want to watch Frtiz Lang’s Metropolis, but you’re not sure… which one to watch? Here’s a field guide to the long strange life of Metropolis.

1936: The Year of William Powell

Posted by Lesley Coffin November 19, 2013 1 Comment 4579 views

Most of the great stars have one year in their career when they seem to be firing on every level and hit a new stratosphere, from movie star to icon.  In 1936, William Powell had the biggest year of his career, both critically and among audiences, cemented his public image, and was the darling of […]

Michael Cera – Call Me, Eh?

Posted by Jared Bratt November 19, 2013 1 Comment 4136 views

I’m becoming a very big fan of Michael Cera. I should clarify that I was already an initiated fan of his work- that signature brand of dry, deadpan, debatably awkward (I prefer to use the word truthful) sense of comedy. But I have to admit, I have only seen season one of Arrested Development (I […]

A Love Letter to The X-Files

Posted by Jared Bratt September 30, 2013 1 Comment 7488 views

I have never written a love-letter before. I don’t foresee myself writing one anytime soon, but if I had to, if my life absolutely depended on it – Well than consider it done, and consider that white manila-envelope mailed out west care of The X-Files television-series producer, Chris Carter. The setting was a post-Twin Peaks […]

An Open Letter to the Director of Blue Jasmine

Posted by Wade Sheeler August 26, 2013 2 Comments 8372 views

Dear Mr. Allen: Let me start by saying I am one of your biggest fans. (I used to be your biggest fan, but then you made September.) I watch your early, funny films with joyful glee. I sit in rapt attention and awe, basking in the glow of Manhattan, Annie Hall and Bullets Over Broadway […]

How Jared Bratt Stopped Hating Film Studies

Posted by Jared Bratt August 15, 2013 3 Comments 7731 views

In my articles, I have gleefully taken a few opportunities to rail/bash against my ‘Film Studies’ education/upbringing, so now I figure it’s about time I backtrack a bit, clarify where my heart stands and pay my respect where respect is due. When I was studying ‘Film Studies’ (in Montreal), I was somewhat bitter about my […]

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