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Daily Archives: July 16, 2017

One reason why you see so many ghost and found footage movies at your local multiplex is that they’re incredibly cheap to produce. Paranormal Activity cost $15,000 to make, made $193 million worldwide and gave Paramount Pictures another horror franchise. The studio realized how profitable cheap horror films could be back in 1980 when it jumped on the slasher bandwagon… Read more »

16 July 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“Crash is a movie De Sade would have adored.” – J.G. Ballard   Always crashing in the same car “Film for film,” writes film critic and historian J. Hoberman, “[David Cronenberg] is the most audacious and challenging director in the English-speaking world.” Certainly 1996’s brassy and grotesque fever dream Crash exemplifies such an idea and with an appetite. A polarizing… Read more »

16 July 2017 | Features, Reviews

Following the downfall of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, as well as their defeat in World War II, the Mediterranean power of Italy stood in a peculiar position by 1943. War-torn, humiliated, and unstable, Italian society and culture lay in disarray. Art, and cinema in particular, was no exception – Mussolini’s Cinecitta studios had been heavily damaged during the war, leading… Read more »

16 July 2017 | Features, Other Lists