• Tenebre

    Tenebre

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Following the disappointing experience with, and reception of, Inferno, Dario Argento returned to giallo in an effort to regain the throne, so to speak, and presumably revitalize his career and filmmaking. Tenebrae makes this return quite personal, and, as it happens, meta-textual: a cursory scan of the film reveals a re-interpretation of the narrative elements of Argento’s debut, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage. In the absolute abstract, an American author in Rome becomes involved in a series of murders.…

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  • Zombie Flesh Eaters

    Zombie Flesh Eaters

    Post-narrative. This is not to confirm the common (mis)conception that Fulci is narratively inept (this idea is directly contrasted earlier in his career: Don't Torture a Duckling is a fluid network narrative decades ahead of the vogue; Beatrice Cenci cogently layers differing flashbacks, investigations, and personal reflections). Rather, Fulci here begins his radical stage (culminating in the films he'd make in the 1980s) of dismantling linear plot in order to explore ideas or aesthetics.

    Fulci, however, does not fully abandon…

  • Spectre

    Spectre

    Appreciated just how odd and fitfully beautiful this messy thing is this time; in a way I almost like the messiness (if it weren't for some truly godawful things still clinking around), as this is one of the most fascinatingly overstuffed and ever-morphing films in the franchise. The wealth of curiosities and bizarre notes is exhaustive:

    -The Monica Bellucci passage, initially something I hated, now nearly my favorite thing in the film; it's its own mini-Bond film nested within the…