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‘Don’t Make Waves’ Or ‘How a 60s FrankenFilm Pulls it Off’ by Ian M. Clarke

  It’s confusing to think that Alexander Mackendrick, the director of such classics as The Man in the White Suit, The Lady Killers, and The Sweet Smell of Success, also made Don’t Make Waves (1967). I suppose that even ambitious film directors need something light and fun to cleanse the artistic palette. But that’s not how it worked out. Not… Read more →

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The Curious Case of Clark Brothers | DOCUMENTARY REVIEW by Rooster

Written by Rooster Shortstuffyan This 2012 documentary film is a channel4 TV feature that was filmed, produced and directed by Stuart Greig. It is available online on websites such as youtube, where I originally stumbled upon this heart-wrenching documentary. The film tells a unique story of a family impacted by an age-defying condition called Leukodystrophy. This rare disease causes the… Read more →

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Marcoc 7: The Mother Lode for Retrosploitation. Yeah baby! | RETRO REVIEW by I.M.Clarke

By Ian M Clarke “The vintage style, the reproduction and reclamation of past fashions, original objects, and old looks, is a highly commoditised phenomenon.” – ‘Retro, faux-vintage, and anachronism: When Cinema Looks Back’   There are films that represent – unintentionally but blatantly – the zeitgeist of the period in which they are made. E.g., Blake Edwards’ films of the… Read more →

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M*A*S*H: Or Animal House Goes to Korea (The second Altman article in a series of three) | I.M. Clarke

Through early morning fog I see/ Visions of the things to be/ The pains that are withheld for me/ I realize and I can see/ That suicide is painless/ It brings on many changes/ And I can take or leave it if I please. * ‘Suicide Is Painless’, theme to M*A*S*H   I heard the best movie ever made about… Read more →

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Robert Altman: Let it Bleed (The first article in a series of three)

The Long Goodbye: Rip Van Winkle wakes up in 1973 By I.M. Clarke “[In The Long Goodbye] I decided that the camera should never stop moving. It was arbitrary… We would just put the camera on a dolly and everything would move or pan, but it didn’t match the action; usually it was counter to it. It gave me that… Read more →

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10 THINGS I LEARNED IN FILM SCHOOL | BY ROOSTER

It has been half a year since I graduated from Toronto’s Ryerson University’s Film studies program and I decided to conduct a list of some things I learned during my time in this 4 year Bachelor of Arts program. In all honestly, most of the knowledge was gained by personal experience outside of the school but the school did provide insight… Read more →

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Dracula & Frankenstein: A Crypt, a Castle and Nietzsche | ARTICLE # 4 by I.M. CLARKE

“Bela Lugosi’s dead The bats have left the bell tower The victims have been bled Red velvet lines the black box” Bela Lugosi’s Dead– Bauhaus   “He’ll do press-ups and chin-ups Do the snatch, clean, and jerk He thinks dynamic tension Must be hard work Such strenuous living I just don’t understand When in just seven days Oh, baby I… Read more →

MAGNA CARTA STUDENT FILM CONTEST

  In celebration of the travelling Magna Carta exhibit coming to Fort York, the City of Toronto is hosting a short film competition for post-secondary film, media, and new media students. In 30 secs to 3 mins, tell us the significance of the 800 year old Magna Carta today. Submit through your school by September 15, 2015 for the chance… Read more →

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Eye of the Devil: Sharon Tate Breaks the Fourth Wall

Recently, on these pages, I wrote about Valley of the Dolls. A few oddly oriented cinephiles suggested that I pursue a brief ‘Sharon Tate homage’. And why not. Sharon Tate has become a cultural totem. Her grisly murder injected a lethal serum into the laid-back pop zeitgeist of L.A. circa 1969. Almost overnight, hippies weren’t seen as just passive tree-huggers… Read more →