by Sam Thomas-Redfern

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Unity of Opposites: Glass and a Decade of M. Night Shyamalan

February 14, 2019
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It would be difficult to summarize the aesthetic of M. Night Shyamalan’s work of the past decade in one fell swoop, but there are a number of characteristics typical of his preoccupations which we can see as forming a link. He makes clear distinctions between success and failure, greatness and mediocrity, and the internal and external drives that determine our bearings in life. Finding one’s purpose is frequently central to his films; they’re rites of passage which demand the individual involved to…

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Cockfighter | Monte Hellman

January 26, 2019
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Any talk of this film would be remiss without mention of its legendary tagline: “He came into town with his cock in his hand, and what he did with it was illegal in 49 states.” Notwithstanding this audacious piece of marketing, Cockfighter was a failure, and the only Roger Corman production of the ’70s that lost the producer money. Monte Hellman had been one of many hired by Corman’s Filmgroup company who was offered the chance to break into cinema; he…

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Comanche Station | Budd Boetticher

January 12, 2019
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The decade of the Great Depression saw a slump in high-end Western productions. This indigenous genre had been immensely popular with audiences of the two previous decades yet became relegated to a genus of the ‘B’ movie with the advent of sound. Randolph Scott started his vocation in Westerns during this period, starring mostly in low-budget adaptations of Zane Grey novels; finally, in ’36, he moved up to ‘A’ productions, with the genre itself in close pursuit. Scott would go on…

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