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‘Suspiria’ (1977, 2018): Nightmares of Witchcraft Past & Present

Directed by: Dario Argento [1], Luca Guadagnino [2] || Produced by: Claudio Argento [1], Marco Morabito, Brad Fischer, Luca Guadagnino, David Kajganich, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Francesco Melzi d’Eril, William Sherak, Gabriele Moratti [2] Screenplay by: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi [1], David Kajganich [2] || Starring: Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bose, Barbara Magnolfi, Susanna Javicoli, … Continue reading

‘Genome Hazard’ (2013): Memories of Screenwriting Nonsense

Directed by: Kim Sung-soo || Produced by: Hidemi Satani, Lee Geun-wook, Yang Gwang-deok, Cha Won-cheon Screenplay by: Kim Sung-Soo || Starring: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Kim Hyo-jin Music by: Kenji Kawai || Cinematography: Choi Sang-muk || Edited by: Park Gyeong-suk || Country: Japan, South Korea || Language: Japanese, Korean Running Time: 120 minutes I’ve written before on … Continue reading

‘Double World’ (2020): Darned Good Genericity

Directed by: Teddy Chan || Produced by: Soi Cheang Screenplay by: Fendou Liu, Ning Wen || Starring: Henry Lau, Peter Ho, Chenhan Lin, Jiang Luxia, Him Law, Ming Hu Music by: Peter Kam || Cinematography: Tao Yang || Edited by: Chi-Wai Yau || Country: China || Language: Mandarin Running Time: 110 minutes I’ve given Chinese … Continue reading

‘Downfall’ (2004): Evil till the Last Moment

Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel || Produced by: Bernd Eichinger Screenplay by: Bernd Eichinger || Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Kohler, Heino Ferch, Christian Berkel, Alexander Held, Matthias Habich, Thomas Kretschmann Music by: Stephan Zacharias || Cinematography: Rainer Klausmann || Edited by: Hans Funck || Country: Germany, Italy, Austria || … Continue reading

A Dario Argento Giallo Sampling: ‘The Bird with the Crystal Plumage’ (1970), ‘The Cat o’ Nine Tails’ (1971), & ‘Deep Red’ (1975)

Directed by: Dario Argento || Produced by: Salvatore Argento Screenplay by: Dario Argento [1–3], Dardano Sacchetti [2], Bernardino Zapponi [3] || Starring: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi [1], James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak [2], David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril, Clara Calamai [3] Music by: Ennio Morricone [1, … Continue reading

‘Athena’ (2022): Violent Revolutions in Long Takes

Directed by: Romain Gavras || Produced by: Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, Jean Duhamel, Romain Gavras, Nicolas Lhermitte, Ladj Ly Screenplay by: Romain Gavras, Ladj Ly, Elias Belkeddar || Starring: Dali Benssalah, Sami Slimane, Anthony Bajon, Ouassini Embarek, Alexis Manenti Music by: Surkin || Cinematography: Matias Boucard || Edited by: Cherifi Akram Mohamed Yasser, Benjamin Weill … Continue reading

‘BAC Nord’ (2020): The Stronghold of Marseille Crime

Directed by: Cédric Jimenez || Produced by: Hugo Sélignac, Vincent Mazel Screenplay by: Audrey Diwan, Cédric Jimenez || Starring: Gilles Lellouche, Karim Leklou, François Civil, Adéle Exarchopoulos, Kenza Fortas, Cyril Lecomte Music by: Guillaume Roussel || Cinematography: Laurent Tangy || Edited by: Simon Jacquet || Country: France || Language: French Running Time: 105 minutes Given … Continue reading

‘Rashomon’ (1950): Morality from a Certain Point of View

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa || Produced by: Minoru Jingo Screenplay by: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashmoto || Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyō, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki Music by: Fumio Hayasaka || Cinematography: Kazuo Miyagawa || Edited by: Akira Kurosawa || Country: Japan || Language: Japanese Running Time: 88 minutes My first introduction to Japanese … Continue reading

Cruelty for the Sake of It: Martin McDonagh’s ‘In Bruges’ (2008) & ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ (2017)

Directed by: Martin McDonagh || Produced by: Graham Broadbent, Peter Czerin [1, 2], Martin McDonagh [2] Screenplay by: Martin McDonagh || Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clémence Poésy, Jérémie Renier [1], Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage [2] Music by: Carter Burwell || Cinematography: Eigil Bryld [1], Ben Davis … Continue reading