La Paura (Fear) 1954

“Fear (La Paura)” Movie Review by Mike Dub

Fear (La Paura) (1954; Roberto Rossellini) Grade: B+ By Mike Dub Italian Neo-Realist director Roberto Rossellini and Hollywood superstar Ingrid Bergman engaged in one of the most scandalous affairs of the 1950s.  Each was married when they worked together for the first time on Stromboli (released in 1950), […]

La Notte (1961)

“La Notte” Movie Review by Mike Dub

La Notte (1961; Michelangelo Antonioni) Grade: B By Mike Dub The second leg of Michelangelo Antonioni’s so-called “Alienation Trilogy” picks up pretty much where L’Avventura left off with La Notte.  Though unrelated to its predecessor in plot, the themes and relationships circle the same areas: lovers don’t love […]

Auteur Theory – Steven Soderbergh

  By Mike Dub Steven Soderbergh, the eclectic filmmaker who helped launch the independent film movement of the 1990s, announced last year that he would be hanging up his viewfinder to pursue other interests.  With his final picture, the HBO-released Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, tallying Golden Globe […]

Steven Soderbergh Schizopolis

“Schizopolis” Movie Review by Daniel Barnes

Schizopolis (1996; Steven Soderbergh) Grade: A By Daniel Barnes Although nearly forgotten in the Soderbergh oeuvre, the playfully piercing absurdist comedy Schizopolis is his most personal and original work.  Intensely aware of and yet utterly freed from cinematic conventions of storytelling and style, Schizopolis is like the product […]

“L’Avventura” Movie Review by Daniel Barnes

L’Avventura (1960; Michelangelo Antonioni) Grade: B+ By Daniel Barnes You don’t need any cheeky and reductive “trilogy” categorizations to understand that L’Avventura is a film about the many forms of “modern” alienation.  Every frame and narrative fragment reeks with moral disintegration and self-denial, and there many striking shots […]

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