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12 Angry Men: Criterion Collection

December 13, 2011

 12 Angry Men: Criterion Collection

Adapted from the 1954 teleplay of the same name, 12 Angry Men (1957) marked the auspicious feature film debut of director Sidney Lumet who had cut his teeth on live television in New York City. He brought a gritty, edgy realism to this film, an approach... 

Deadly Intent

December 12, 2011

 Deadly Intent

Deadly Intent (1989) is one of those forgettable thrillers you happen to catch on television late one night, enticed by the cast of interesting character actors, and then promptly fall asleep partway through because it is so predictable. It was directed... 

Welcome to L.A.

December 9, 2011

 Welcome to L.A.

Alan Rudolph got his start in the filmmaking business as a protégé of the great Robert Altman, working as an assistant director on a few of his films. He was clearly influenced by the veteran director in his own work, which featured ensemble casts often... 

Enter the Ninja

December 8, 2011

 Enter the Ninja

Those of us who grew up in the early 1980’s were witness to a mini-renaissance of ninja films spearheaded by Cannon Films – owned, at the time, by those scrappy Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. – with Enter the Ninja (1981). It proved... 

Chillerama

December 5, 2011

 Chillerama

One of the staples of the horror genre is the anthology film, comprised of several stories, often linked together by a common thread. The 1980’s was the last time a good crop of these kinds of films were harvested with the likes of Heavy Metal (1981),... 

Three Colors: Blue, White, Red: Criterion Collection

December 1, 2011

 Three Colors: Blue, White, Red: Criterion Collection

With the unfortunate passing of filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski, cinema lost a great storyteller but he left behind an enduring legacy, most significantly Three Colors, a trilogy of films named after the colors of the French flag: Blue (1993), White (1993),... 

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