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Scariest Movies Ever Made

Scariest Movies: Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' with Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles. Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies – e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein – in addition to, gasp, a handful of […]


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Scariest Movies Ever Made



Nagisa Oshima 'In the Realm of the Senses' Director Dies: 'Obscene Is What Is Hidden'

Nagisa Oshima: In the Realm of the Senses (Truly) Iconoclastic Filmmaker dead at 80 Nagisa Oshima, best known as the director of the sexually charged 1976 psychological drama Ai No Corrida / In the Realm of the Senses, died of pneumonia on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at a Fujisawa hospital, near Tokyo. Oshima, who in the last 15 years had suffered a series of strokes, was 80. (Image: Eiko Matsuda, Tatsuya Fuji in Nagisa Oshima's In the Realm of the Senses.) Some refer to the likes of Quentin Tarantino or Spike Lee or Martin Scorsese or Terrence Malick as “iconoclastic filmmakers.” Those people clearly haven't bothered learning the definition of the word. Having said that, “iconoclast” is the perfect label for […]


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Nagisa Oshima 'In the Realm of the Senses' Director Dies: 'Obscene Is What Is Hidden'



'Ran': Akira Kurosawa Classic

Akira Kurosawa's Ran “Critical cribbing” is a term I coined in regard to the tendency of critics, in all fields, to not engage a work of art directly, but rather to fall back on lazily repeating claims that have been made by others about the work they are reviewing. Sometimes, these are positive blurbs; other times, they are bits of misinformation repeated endlessly – e.g., the (nameless) characters' names in films such as Alain Resnais' Last Year in Marienbad and Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up. Typical examples of critical cribbing can be found in reviews of Akira Kurosawa's 27th (of 30) films, Ran (1985), a very good effort despite problems with character development and some mediocre acting. The critical cribbing comes from […]


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'Ran': Akira Kurosawa Classic