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#KickingtheCanon by Sam Thomas-Redfern Film

Scanners | David Cronenberg

April 1, 2019

It seems natural to react with bewildered laughter when watching Scanners. The sight of actors contorting themselves with pained screams and Dick Smith’s visceral special effects work conjoin to present moments so vigorous, so carnal, the viewer often has to expel some kind of emotion too — be it disgust or amusement. In fact, ‘moments’ are all…

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Escape from New York | John Carpenter

John Carpenter one-upped Michael Winner’s fear-mongering, un-ironically fascist 1974 hit Death Wish with 1976’s Assault on Precinct. But if that film implied critique of a police force sowing its own doom through tyrannical tactics, 1981’s Escape from New York paints a portrait of America’s repressed “others” seeking revenge against not only the police,…

July 19, 2013
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