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Vintage Review: Venus in Fur

Written with 11/5/14 for The Oxford Student

The name of Roman Polanski brings with it a sense of expectation and a hint of hesitation. There is perhaps an extra level of dubiousness when watching the work of a man mired in a past as dramatic as any of his cinematic depictions. 490 more words


Fassbender's 'Macbeth' Teaser Trailer Grimdark and Riveting

I was over the grimdark thing. Really. And then I saw the newly released Macbeth trailer, and I found myself suddenly excited again over a dirty, dark, grimy, violent film about hubris, murder, and madness. 300 more words


'I believe in the God of Carnage.' Carnage.

I was lucky enough that Roman Polanski’s Carnage happened to be on the telly the other night – and was extremely excited to sit down to see it once more. 1,132 more words

The Brain

Crime and punishment

The first time I read this novel – about fifty years ago – I thought that I should think that it was good, so I did – but I found it a bit of a drag.  780 more words


Monstrosity, Horror, and the Blind Spot in Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Some film scholars have divided the history of horror cinema into pre- and post-Psycho periods, suggesting that Hitchcock’s 1960 film represented a thematic shift that had a lasting impact on the genre. 2,147 more words


The Nighthawk Awards: 1965

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.   10,517 more words