1970s

What Happened To Boston Movies?
What Happened To Boston Movies?

While the Boston movie itself seems to have gone the way of the Western, the appeal of its core themes, and its sensibility seems to remain.

Horrific Inquiry: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
Horrific Inquiry: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)

Promoted as being based on a true story, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre reached into the recesses of the mind, pushing audience expectations to a new level.

HAROLD AND MAUDE: Revisiting Hal Ashby's Inspirational Cult Classic After 50 Years
HAROLD AND MAUDE: Revisiting Hal Ashby’s Inspirational Cult Classic After 50 Years

Even more so than its celebratory aspects, Harold and Maude holds a special place in my heart because of what it meant to me when I first watched it.

DUEL At 50 Spielberg's Car Chase Thriller Speeds Across Nixon-Era America
DUEL At 50: Spielberg’s Car Chase Thriller Speeds Across Nixon-Era America

A 50th Anniversary retrospective on Steven Spielberg’s first feature-length film, Duel, and its place in Nixon’s America.

Animation Sensation: WIZARDS, Ralph Bakshi's Bonkers Foray Into Fantasy
Animation Sensation: WIZARDS, Ralph Bakshi’s Bonkers Foray Into Fantasy

In the first Animation Sensation, Dallas Marshall reviews Wizards, that while flawed, is worth checking out just for its audaciousness alone.

Criterion Column: THROW DOWN, THE DAMNED, and MELVIN VAN PEEBLES: ESSENTIAL FILMS
Criterion Column: THROW DOWN, THE DAMNED, and MELVIN VAN PEEBLES: ESSENTIAL FILMS

We took a look at Criterion’s September releases, including Johnnie To’s Throw Down and Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films.

Horrific Inquiry: THE WICKER MAN (1973)
Horrific Inquiry: THE WICKER MAN (1973)

And with harvest season upon us, it seemed the perfect time to dive into this critically acclaimed horror classic.

Why SALÓ Is An Important Film About Power And Not Just Malignant Smut
Why SALÓ Is An Important Film About Power And Not Just Malignant Smut

While not without its controversy, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom remains a ferocious work of art.

AFTER LIFE And BEASTS OF NO NATION Lead Criterion's August 2021 Slate
AFTER LIFE And BEASTS OF NO NATION Lead Criterion’s August 2021 Slate

Criterion welcomes classics new and old to its collection this month with the addition of Beasts of No Nation, Afterlife and more!

THE AMUSEMENT PARK: Welcome to Hell
THE AMUSEMENT PARK: Welcome to Hell

For 45 years, the film was believed to be lost, but George Romero’s film has now resurfaced, and The Amusement Park is definitely worth a visit.

Bigotry And Hypocrisy In John Abraham's DONKEY IN A BRAHMIN VILLAGE
Bigotry And Hypocrisy In John Abraham’s DONKEY IN A BRAHMIN VILLAGE

Donkey in a Brahmin Village is deserving of its cult status in Indian cinema as it dared to expose the hideous aspects of religion and society.

STALKER: From USSR With...
STALKER: From USSR With…

The 1979 film Stalker is a road movie where characters go deeper into their own minds and what worries the deepest hidden corners of their body and soul.

Awkward Souls 50 Years Of Mike Leigh’s Bleak Moments
Awkward Souls: 50 Years Of Mike Leigh’s Bleak Moments

Back in 1971, Mike Leigh’s Bleak Moments showed the director’s take on the awkward moments that make humanity so complex and compelling.

CÉLINE & JULIE GO BOATING Criterion Review: Jacques Rivette's Masterpiece Gets A New Restoration
CÉLINE & JULIE GO BOATING Criterion Review: Jacques Rivette’s Masterpiece Gets A New Restoration

With a beautiful 2K restoration, a great audio track, and an incredible selection of supplements, this is absolutely worthy of addition to any collection.

WATERMELON MAN: Debunking the White Moderate
WATERMELON MAN: Debunking the White Moderate

It was a minor miracle, and in great part attributable to Van Peebles, that Watermelon Man turned into such a masterpiece.