• An Overheated Kettle That You Can’t Turn Down: “Daisies”

    by Ashley Naftule MARIE: “Everything’s going bad in this world.” MARIE 2: “What do you mean, everything?” MARIE: “Well, everything.” MARIE 2: “In this world…” MARIE: “You know what? If everything’s going bad-” MARIE 2: “-so?” MARIE: “We’re going…” MARIE 2: “… bad…” MARIE: “… as….” MARIE 2: “… well!” Bored girls in bikinis, wearing […]

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  • Michael Ballhaus (1935-2017): One Of The Cinema’s Sharpest Eyes

    by Ashley Naftule Michael Ballhaus Michael Ballhaus died today. Found dead in his Berlin apartment after passing away due to an illness. Ballhaus was 81 years old. His name might not ring a bell at first, but it’s a safe bet that you’ve been exposed to his work. A cinematographer and director of photography for […]

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  • Pistol Whipped In Purgatory: “Point Blank”

    by Ashley Naftule “How good it must be… being dead. Is it?” It’s one of the last questions that Walker’s doomed wife asks him before she dies in her bed. Guilt-ridden and delirious from sleep deprivation, Lynne shares her fantasies about dying to her estranged husband. A man who she watched get gunned down in […]

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  • Stranded On A “Fantastic Planet”

    by Ashley Naftule “Stopover in a Quiet Town” isn’t my favorite episode of “The Twilight Zone”, but it is the one I can’t stop thinking about. It’s a simple premise: a married couple get drunk at a party. On the drive home, a shadow swoops down on their car. They wake up in an unfamiliar […]

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  • Lead Into Gold: On The Alchemy of “Get Out”

    by Ashley Naftule Spoiler warning: This blog goes into detail about the plot of “Get Out”. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, stop reading immediately and hit the backspace. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) first gets to the home of his girlfriend’s parents, her father Dean Armitage (Bradley Whitford) […]

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