Disseminating Evil: Apt Pupil and the Darker Side of Humanity

Apt Pupil is one of those delightful movies in which the hunter suddenly becomes the hunted.

Of course, this is Stephen King at his macabre and intimate best, and although the character’s in Bryan Singer’s engrossing, bare bones adaptation are as familiar to us as the next human being, they possess all of the secrets and desires that fundamentally keep us strangers. This is anything but your typical good opposing evil morality play,¬†and in many ways the movie’s central characters are not opponents at all […]

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Winding Convention: The Clockwork Precision of Brian De Palma’s Body Double

Brian De Palma has been accused of a great many crimes during his rich and varied career.

The first and most futile of those accusations is that the legendary filmmaker aped much of his style from the works of Alfred Hitchcock. This is true for the most part, but Hitchcock practically wrote the book on suspense. Would it not be wise, then, to borrow from the master? Or would it be wiser to create anti-Hitchcock films and flounder at the feet of proven convention? […]

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The Bomb that Will Bring Us Together: Miracle Mile’s Quirky Reflections on Nuclear Holocaust

Miracle Mile is a curious little movie, and I mean that in the most positive sense of the word. It begins like a John Hughes romantic comedy, as a couple of misfits experience a fated meeting overlooking a tar pit at a prehistoric museum. Their union is odd but comfortable […]

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