Video Nasties, Part 3

There is a long, if not necessarily venerable, tradition in the arts of creating confrontational, deliberately offensive work to challenge received ideas and to make people conscious of their own conventional assumptions. When work like this is created, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to get indignant at people who are genuinely offended; in […]

Video Nasties, Part 2

After a brief prologue in which a cult of Satanists is banished from Spain by the Inquisition, Evilspeak (Eric Weston, 1981) transports us to an American military academy where a much abused cadet (Clint Howard, younger brother of director Ron and former child star of TV’s Gentle Ben) discovers a large “hidden” room in the […]

Blasts from the past

Random notes: two films and a book

Criterion Blu-ray review:
Luis Garcia Berlanga’s The Executioner (1963)

Over-consumption and Diminishing Returns Part 1

Miklós Jancsó … and others: RIP

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