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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This Month In . . . 1991 (May)

The month of May was packed full of high-grossing box office hits, but the opening week was most notable for a stylish low-key comedy with a big heart. Based on a crime novel by Chester Himes, Bill Duke’s Rage In Harlem is a touching tale about an ingenuous churchgoer named Jackson (Forest Whitaker), who wins the heart of a salacious female grifter (Robin Givens) after becoming a key component in her latest con […]

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This Month in . . . 1984 (January)

Traditionally, January is a slow month at the Box Office, and 1984 was no different following a busy festive period which included Clint Eastwood’s fourth outing as Dirty Harry and Brian De Palma’s seething gangster epic Scarface. January 13th would see the release of Hot Dog . . . The Movie,  a racy, teenage comedy lost in the overabundance of Porky’s clones which saturated the mid-1980’s.

The movie would star An American Werewolf in London’s David Naughton […]

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Road to Ruin – Tony Montana’s 5 Most Fateful Mistakes

From political refugee to Miami kingpin, for a brief period the world was truly his, but where exactly did it go wrong for the man who wanted it all? The tenacious Montana was straight off the banana boat, but he didn’t let that stop him. All he had in this world was his word and his balls, and he didn’t break them for no one.

It was this kind of straight-shooting  attitude that allowed Montana to quickly climb the ranks […]

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