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  • Rancho Notorious

    Rancho Notorious

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    I finished editing an online volume of criticism today! RIDING THE DUSTY TRAIL: A dossier on the '50s western

    Featuring 10 new essays (9 texts + 1 video), including:
    Daniel Witkin on THE NAKED DAWN
    Laura Ivins on JOHNNY GUITAR
    Dylan Taylor on WICHITA
    Grant Douglas Bromley on TENSION AT TABLE ROCK
    Michaela Owens on SINGING GUNS
    Marek Alozie on TRACK OF THE CAT
    RuairΓ­ McCann on TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN
    Claire Piazza on THE SEARCHERS
    Bryce Patton on…

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

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    first time going to the music box since moving to chicago :)

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  • Sergeant Rutledge

    Sergeant Rutledge

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    a cinema of protest: if Ford’s art represents a dialectical plea for tolerance and understanding, this is among its most scorchingly articulate entries. one reason this filmmaker’s work has meant so much to me is that it is always full of monsters; figures of bigotry and troubled patriarchs are always present at the founding of communities. in this way, Ford’s rigorous examinations of institutions and structures are always celebratory and scathing in equal measure. like Dreyer, he makes horror films…

  • Marnie

    Marnie

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    after my recent rewatch of Rebecca, it occurred to me that the film is essentially a work of sensation fiction β€” about how it feels for a woman to move through spaces which are scarred by psychic trauma. in that film, psychological distress is contained at the narrative level; it pervades elusively in the background, haunting the interiority of the film in a deeply literary way. Marnie is not a literary film, it’s a film without an interior; everything it…