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Till Death Do Us Part: Weddings in Movies

On the face of it, weddings are simple events, a ritualized pledge of love between two people. But they can also be emotional battlegrounds for dysfunctional families, mating opportunities for the happily single, depressing slogs for the unhappily single or massive, apocalyptic bacchanals for those that way inclined. Simple logistic desicions are loaded with dramatic… Continue reading Till Death Do Us Part: Weddings in Movies

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Death & Rebirth in The Wicker Man

There’s a certain kind of country town that’s just inherently creepy. It’s the kind of place so cut off from the world that strange rules and beliefs can form and grow, safe from society’s critical gaze. In 1973’s The Wicker Man these small-town beliefs manifest in a climax so brutal and bizarre that its image… Continue reading Death & Rebirth in The Wicker Man

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The Contaigous Evil of Salo

In 2016 it seems almost antiquated to refer to a piece of fiction as dangerous. Words like “shocking” or “disturbing” have become so overused that they’re now only good for adorning horror movie posters. But there are still films like Salo or The 120 Days of Sodom that retain an aura of real power, a fear that… Continue reading The Contaigous Evil of Salo

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From Novel to Screen

If you’ve visited the Astor recently you might have seen a promotional short that we’ve become particularly enamoured with. It’s an original 1940 trailer for The Grapes of Wrath and it’s a bizarre Frankenstein of stylistic elements: old-fashioned news bulletin, corporate advertisement and (lastly) traditional movie trailer. A bellowing, transatlantic voice talks about the national fervour for… Continue reading From Novel to Screen

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Creative Chemistry

The director/actor relationship is in many respects like any other relationship. It can be rewarding, fraught, competitive and combative, sometimes all at once. The major difference is that in the director/actor relationship, the product of their specific chemistry is up on the screen for all to see. In honor of our upcoming Joy/Mistress America double… Continue reading Creative Chemistry