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Marlon Brando and his ambiguous wig

The Night of the Following Day: The intent, not the execution/ Retro Review by Ian M. Clarke

Most critics agree that Marlon Brando was/is the best English-language film actor ever. (A close second is Mark Wahlberg, but let’s discuss later). Therefore, squinting within the myopia of prejudice, it’s virtually impossible to clearly appraise a Brando performance. The solution? Try and approach Mr. B sideways, willingly suspending the knowledge of his reputation. Tough, I know, I know… But if… Read more →

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The Thomas Crown Affair: Beauty Needs No Excuse / Retro Review by Ian M. Clarke

  By Ian M. Clarke   Director Norman Jewison had a problem. How do you make two aggressively self-obsessed, somewhat sociopathic people even remotely attractive? If you make one person Steve McQueen, and the other Faye Dunaway, you have the ‘remotely attractive’ question somewhat answered. The Thomas Crown Affair is a film about greed, about what happens when the platforms… Read more →

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Casino Royale (1967) “The name is Bond, Jimmy Bond” Retro Review by Ian M. Clarke

                          Casino Royale: A 1967 hellzapoppin’ film based on Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name. James Bond in a full-blown hellzapoppin’? Why yes – and such a thing could only happen in 1967. At no other time during the incomprehensible history of this planet could anyone corral… Read more →

Mrs. Miller tokes opium. Not good.

McCabe and Mrs. Miller: A Snow Poem (The final Robert Altman article in a trilogy) | I.M. Clarke

McCabe and Mrs. Miller: A Snow Poem (The final Robert Altman article in a trilogy) | I.M. Clarke “…snow was… softly falling …upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill…It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the… 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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The Boy With A Camera Face – SHORT FILM OF THE DAY

“The Boy with a Camera for a Face is satirical fairy tale about a boy born with a camera instead of a head, whose every moment is transformed by the fact he is recording it. Accompanied by a voice over narration read by Steven Berkoff, the film tells an epic story in fifteen minutes about the way we live today.”… 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 →

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! WE ARE BACK!!

It had been so long I had not accessed this website that I had forgotten the password to my account. After several attempts I got in and I am writing this with complete excitement because I just feel this new sense of motivation to up-hold all the projects that I once felt passionate about. My name is Ruzanna but many… Read more →