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  • Blood Simple

    Blood Simple


    The Coen brothers’ first film, Blood Simple has evidently garnered enough of a following to justify a re-release a mere fifteen years later. It’s certainly not a bad film, but it’s hardly the classic reinvention of film noir that it wants to be. This mildly shorter director’s cut opens with a humorous introduction by a phony film scholar who far overstates the worth of the film, suggesting the Coens were not entirely convinced the film warranted another theatrical run.


  • The Blood of a Poet

    The Blood of a Poet


    Jean Cocteau, who would later go on to direct such classics as Testament of Orpheus and Beauty and the Beast began with this short (50min.) non-narrative film. Blood of a Poet explores the figurative and literal blood and sweat that goes into creating a work of art. The film starts with an image of a tall chimney as it starts collapsing (an image that will now probably be impossible to separate from the World Trade Center collapsing) and then shifts…

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  • Vertigo



    Hitchcock’s masterwork, better than any other, reminds us of two truisms of cinema: to look is to remember and to remember is to impose. The hypnotic spirals that haunt every facet of the visual design and even the trademark dolly zoom effect take us deeper into the image, to the point that it threatens to swallow us, much as the past threatens to engulf Scottie. Of course these geometrical chasms are metaphorically vaginal, making Vertigo the great masterpiece about sexual…

  • Interstellar



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