From Dusk Till Dawn—Robert Rodriguez—1996

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s cult artifact, From Dusk Till Dawn. Like everything Q.T. has put his hands on, it’s reception has been polarized, and predictably even those that have praised it couch their attaboys in meaningless platitudes about “fun” and “exploitation.” “…made to order for the stimulation […]


“Doppelgangland”—Buffy the Vampire Slayer—1999

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Season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the show’s peak in terms of both theme and narrative. Other seasons—2, 5, and even 6—all reached greater emotional heights, and seasons 4 and 7 were visual stunners that strove for cinematic aesthetics and actually got them. Season 3, however—with the introductions of Faith and Anya, the  deep […]


Spotlight on—Lance Henriksen in John Woo’s Hard Target

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Lance Henriksen has been making, on average, three and a half movies a year for fifty years. He’s a true workingman’s actor, and the sheer diversity of material that people have written about for this blogathon attests to that fact. Even more so than most beloved character actors, Lance has absolutely no fear of a bad script. Most […]


Spotlight on Two of Reservoir Dogs’ Deleted Scenes

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The first thing to notice about the deleted scenes included on the Reservoir Dogs special edition DVD is the picture quality. The picture is lined with scratches and pocks, slightly washed out, and full of Grindhouse appeal. It’s fun to think about what the film would’ve looked like with this deconstructed, self-consciously retro style. It […]