• Andy Patterson

    ★½ Watched by Andy Patterson 07 Nov, 2015

    A curiosity piece for DePalma's fans to see where he started, but not a good film. It's indulgent experimentalism, the result of a young film maker playing around with a camera to make a first feature.


  • Jake

    ★★★★ Watched by Jake 06 Oct, 2015

    William Finley's coming out party.


  • Jack Gattanella

    ★★★½ Added by Jack Gattanella

    Nice oddity from a 20-something De Palma.


  • Roberts

    ★★ Watched by Roberts 05 Sep, 2015

    #Brian De Palma-thon

    Not really worth your time unless you are BDP completist. In a nutshell, it's a bunch of young guys fooling around with cameras after watching a few classics. Some bits are inspiring and foreshadow the future genius of the director, but for most part it's a bore.


  • ScreeningNotes

    ★★ Watched by ScreeningNotes 30 Jun, 2015

    Experimental in a way that I really love in principle (atemporal narrative structure which today looks like the Nolans’ work; every editing technique from sped-up footage to writing directly onto film stock), but in practice not quite as successful as I wanted it to be (character motivations slip in and out; whatever it's trying to say about the behind-the-scenes of filmmaking gets lost in the silliness).

    Prefigures a lot of De Palma’s signature obsessions (his tightrope walk between artifice and…


  • Parker

    ★★½ Watched by Parker 05 Jun, 2015 2

    This movie has some of that bizarre, anarchic energy of De Palma's early stuff, but it's only in short bursts and most of it failed to grab my attention.


  • Red_Dufresne

    ★★½ Watched by Red_Dufresne 26 May, 2015

    Brian de Palma's early feature is almost exclusively an exercise in style. The film liberally borrows from surrealism, the French New Wave, and even Italian Giallo. Consequently, it never comes together in a coherent way and has very little substance. The narrative structure developed halfway through the film is novel but thematically jarring. The acting is uniformly atrocious, but the plot does have some somewhat engaging meta elements about filmmaking. An interesting diversion but nothing more.


  • Chris Kirby

    ★★½ Watched by Chris Kirby 08 Feb, 2015

    De Palma's early feature film is experimental in a few ways. It's experimental for the time period it was made and the very unique techniques used to film the picture. The opening scenes of the film illustrate this the most with its use of stop motion and photographs, aspect ratio changes, and the simple fact that the narrative is a non linear collage of sequences that excite and perplex. There's also some incredible film variant techniques used halfway through the…


  • Justin Geldzahler

    ★★ Added by Justin Geldzahler

    A mess of a debut feature, but the puckish sensibility of De Palma remains apparent through the film. More than most debuts, MURDER A LA MOD feels like a blueprint for every De Palma feature that came after. The use of filmmaking and hidden cameras as plot devices (not to mention opening with a film-within-a-film scene to trick the audience). Women in peril. Voyeurism bordering on stalking. William Finley singing rock n' roll.

    Unfortunately, much of the film is a…



    ★★ Watched by MRT0AST 15 Oct, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Sloppy Seconds:
    Part 2 of a Tour through the Films of Brian De Palma,

    In the 4 years after co-directing The Wedding Party, Brian De Palma took to working for hire. He made films for the Treasury Department, the NAACP, and perhaps most famously, for a CBS special about the Museum of Modern Art’s op-art exhibit, The Responsive Eye, hosted by Mike Wallace. Perhaps no one but De Palma knows the details of how he got back into feature filmmaking,…


  • Taj

    ★★½ Watched by Taj 31 Oct, 2014

    This was the first full-length film for which Brian De Palma served as both writer and director. It was lost for many years after its single theater debut in New York City in 1968, available mainly as a bootleg edition in Dutch-speaking countries thereafter. However, the Criterion Collection revived it in 2011 as a bonus feature for "Blow Out," which also includes the graveyard scene from this on Manny Karp's television in Chapter 8.

    Branded as "experimental," this film bears…


  • Jacob Gehman

    ★★★½ Added by Jacob Gehman

    Enjoyable. Somewhat awkward, but the film hints at de Palma's later genius, while wrapping it in a sleek noir-sleaze-artsy exterior. Fun characters help make the more awkward aspects tolerable.