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Screenshot Saturday

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Screenshot Saturday: William Castle’s The Tingler (1959)

The greatest of the “gimmicks”, Castle’s Tingler is known more for delivering buzzes to unsuspecting viewers than any real scares, but the film is a fantastic watch even if your home isn’t wired for “Percepto”. The plot is at first glance silly, and at second glance horrifying, occupying hallowed ground in my youth: the aforementioned … Continue reading

Screenshot Saturday: Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945)

It would appear that Hitchcock conducted his research before he started Spellbound very well. Spellbound not only arrived in the midst of World War II, but also the height of what is now known as first force psychology. Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis, died six years before the premiere of Spellbound, but he left many … Continue reading

Screenshot Saturday: Peter Medak’s The Ruling Class (1972)

I’m going to cut straight to the chase here: The Ruling Class is about Peter O’Toole as madman, who thinks he’s Jesus, and then is “cured” into thinking he’s Jack the Ripper. The movie is grand, self-aware, theatrical and divisive, with some critics still convinced it’s disjointed bullshit, and others (including the Criterion Collection) lauding … Continue reading

Screenshot Saturday: David O. Russell’s Spanking the Monkey (1994)

If Raymond (Davies) ever thought that life was fair and family was important before all else, he is about to have a rude awakening. Just before he leaves for a prestigious medical internship, he is called home to tend to his physically wounded and suicidal mother (Watson). His father disappears from the scene and Raymond … Continue reading

Screenshot Saturday: John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London (1981) pt. II

So here we’ve come full circle– the Saturday before the Oscars, on the one year anniversary of the Screenshot Saturday’s introduction. Our very first Screenshot Saturday was celebrating the incredible work of make-up artist Rick Baker, who was nominated (and won) last year for The Wolfman. This year, no such dramatic transformations are on the … Continue reading

Screenshot Saturday: Guy Maddin’s The Heart of the World (2000)

The first film I ever saw by Guy Maddin was a short called The Heart of the World.  Produced for the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival, its six minutes of brilliance exhibiting everything wonderful about the worlds of Guy Maddin and the power that cinema can hold over us. It’s got everything of modern day … Continue reading

Screenshot Saturday: Andy Warhol’s Trash (1970)

Before I get any angry comments in the comments section, yes I am aware that Trash was written and directed by Paul Morrissey (of no relation to Girlfriend in a Coma Morrissey), not Andy Warhol– although “written” is a pretty bold claim for a film that’s primarily improvisation. The level of vitriol and malice that … Continue reading

Screenshot Saturday: Richard Loncraine’s Richard III (1995)

Far from a simple adaptation of Shakspeare’s bloody play, Loncraine’s Richard III is a complex, alternate-universe retelling of the mad battle for power. The film was written by lead actor Ian McKellen while he was touring with the play, and he picked up an impressive cast on the cheap during his tour. Only half of … Continue reading

Screenshot Saturday: Fred Dekker’s The Monster Squad (1987)

In film, there is art and there is fun.  Sometimes they coexist and sometimes they do not.  Either way, it is usually the fun that reminds us of falling in love with the medium. During elementary school a friend of mine owned a degraded VHS copy of The Monster Squad.  If you have never seen … Continue reading

Screenshot Saturday: René Laloux’s Fantastic Planet (1973)

Fantastic Planet is a film so alien, yet so frighteningly familiar, that the act of watching it is a kind of transgressive experience. Its style and images are unlike anything my generation has to reference it against, and yet its themes and fears are woven into the fabric of every society. A bizarre collaboration between Czech and … Continue reading