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Cruising | William Friedkin

April 27, 2020

A languid watercraft cruising the currents of the Hudson River. “Captain! Something off the port bow!” A rotten human arm floating in the distance. It was February 8th, 1980 — a new decade — that saw the release of William Friedkin’s Cruising. Ever the tinkerer, Friedkin has since released a director’s cut of his film, which begins, instead, with a little prelude: two high-contrast, grainy, black-and-white shots, one of the film’s lead actor, Al Pacino, observing a crowd outside the…

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To Live and Die in L.A. | William Friedkin

Director William Friedkin is known as a ‘big’ personality, loud and aggressive and bellicose. He’s been called a bully more often than not (Nat Segaloff’s 1990 critical biography is appropriately titled ‘Hurricane Billy’). But Friedkin is a mess of contradictions, capable of self-critical introspection…

August 25, 2019
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 5

#5: The Tree of Death: Rooting Around in the Killer Tree Subgenre Download episode here. Episode Description: This month, Simon & Steve tackle a fundamentally ridiculous topic when they decide to go rooting around in the very small killer-tree subgenre. (Tree? Rooting? You see what I…

June 13, 2011
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