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My Criterion Top 10: Bubbawheat

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I’m running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet for a few weeks. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. However, it’s starting to wind down. One of the final pieces comes in from Bubbawheat, proprietor of Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights. Bubba knows more about superhero movies than the rest of us know about… well, anything at all. He also has an awesome podcast with an incredible concept. It’s called FilmWhys- as in, “Why haven’t you seen this film?” Each episode, his guests challenge him to watch a highly-touted film that he hasn’t seen, and he challenges his guest to watch a superhero movie that they haven’t seen. I’ve been fortunate enough to take part and it’s a blast. You can find Bubba on Twitter @Bubbawheat.  Continue reading

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My Criterion Top 10: Steve Habrat

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I’m running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet for the next few weeks. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. The Criterion Top 10 Series kicks off week two with a contribution from Steve Habrat of Anti-Film School. Steve is brimming with enthusiasm for all cinema, but he’s truly an ace regarding grindhouse, exploitation, and retro aesthetics, as well as horror. In fact, many of you may remember that Steve has previously contributed at tdylf with Miracle on 42nd Street, a retrospective on New York’s 42nd Street movie scene. Steve has also been featured on Total Film online under “3 Cool Film Blogs to Visit”; GuysNation; Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights; Furious Cinema; and the Grindhouse Cinema Database. You may find him on Twitter @antifilmschool. Continue reading

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My Criterion Top 10

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One of the many features that makes the Criterion Collection amazing is their recurring Top 10 series. They ask various pop culture personalities (mostly film) to supply a list of their 10 favorite Criterion films. It’s a great way to learn about important and/or unique cinema. Most importantly, I love that it’s a synaptic slice of the writer’s movie psychosis. Criterion offers such a wide variety of genres, themes, and directors that choosing 10 specific films says something about your personality. In the coming days and weeks, I’ll be presenting The Criterion Top 10 Series, a series of articles from many of my very favorite film writers, critics, and theorists on the internet and in my circle of friends. Strap yourself in because the next several days are going to feature some incredible writing about some equally incredible films. To kick it all off, here is my own Criterion Top 10. Continue reading

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A Year’s Worth of Box Office #1s and a Podcast about TNT-Filled Sharks

Apologies for the lack of content lately, but I have done some work lately that I’d like to share. If you’d like to see all of the #1’s at the box office in 2013 or hear me talk about Bergman (amongst other things), you can find it after the jump. Continue reading

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Re-Watchterpiece Theater: The Seventh Seal (1957)

Re-Watchterpiece Theater is a series that explores the organic way that attitudes about films change after you watch them a second time, a third time, or more, further down the line than the original viewing.

Re-watchterpiece Theater is usually a vehicle for me to tackle questionable films, or films that are likely to elicit a much different response at this point in my life compared to the first time I watched it. And that’s what makes today’s choice so odd. The Seventh Seal has been one of my favorite films from the moment I saw it. It hasn’t even been that long ago that I last saw it. But sometimes, you find yourself in a Bergmany mood and sometimes, in that Bergmany mood, you find that you’ve learned some new tricks. Continue reading

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Polish Film Posters for Ingmar Bergman Films

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Whatever’s in the water in Poland, I’d like to drink it. Because Polish movie poster artists have quite a knack for spinning film art into something completely unique. It’s as evident anywhere as it is with posters for the films of Ingmar Bergman, whose work was ripe for artistic interpretation and visual license. The beauty of these posters is that they’re intriguing even if you’re unfamiliar with Bergman or Polish art. And they’re a visual treat if you’re familiar with either. Here are ten Polish movie posters for Ingmar Bergman films. Continue reading

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Max Von Birthday Boy: Five Powerful Von Sydow Roles in Bergman Films


Art house titan Max Von Sydow turns 82 today. During the art house explosion in America in the 50’s and 60’s, Von Sydow became a memorable face for fans of foreign cinema. Later in his career after more than two decades working with longtime collaborator Ingmar Bergman, Von Sydow made the jump across the pond to the United States. It was here that he’s forged his mid-to-late career, often appearing as science fiction or horror villains. The man simply does not give a bad performance, regardless of what type of costume he’s wearing; the genre he’s performing in; or what language he’s required to speak. Without the Bergman era, though, his career might have stalled in Swedish theaters. And so on his birthday today, let’s honor Von Sydow’s Bergman era films. Here are five powerful Von Sydow roles in Ingmar Bergman films. Continue reading

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