The 10 Best Paul Schrader Movies

Sometimes overshadowed in his collaborations with Martin Scorcese, writer-director Paul Schrader was a singular voice of the New Hollywood generation who managed to define a style all his own and maintain an auteurist commitment to and repetition of themes spiritual, intellectual, and macabre within the context of the commercial film to present day. Raised in […]

10 Great Films In The Spirit of “Le Samourai”

The hitman as perfectionist, as ardent professional is a much loved trope in crime fiction and film. Often these characters, even when appearing in only minor antagonistic roles make some of the strongest impressions within a given work, like Max Von Sydow’s ultra-pragmatic Joubert from the 1975 Three Days of Condor, an assassin who, working […]

10 Great Acid Westerns To Trip Peyote To

Something was happening to the western in the 1960s and ’70s. The old screen heroes were ageing out and so were their moralities. The Shootist (1976) saw John Wayne confronting his age and mortality, while Robert Altman’s McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) and Peckinpah’s Pat Garett and Billy the Kid (1973) cast the western’s classical […]

10 Great Picaresque Movies To Stumble Across The World With

The picaro from the Spanish for ‘rogue’ or ‘rascal’ describes an archetype of hero found in literary classics like Cervantes’ Don Quixote and Voltaire’s Candide and fulfilled in the filmic mainstream by characters like Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump, that certain brand of travelling everyman to which the world always seems to happen to, and who […]

10 Great Paranormal Noir Films of The Classic Era

Though initially describing the works of a particular movement of 1940’s and 50’s American crime films, ‘noir’ has come to represent a style derived from those films near ubiquitous in the palette of crime film and fused with all number of styles and genres besides. Originating with an American appropriation of German expressionist aesthetics – […]