Minutiae: Love in Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter

Its exceedingly easy to dismiss the Friday the 13th series. From Sean S Cunningham's 1980 original through to the trash-humping 2009 Marcus Nispel remake, the slasher series is about as disposable as franchise cinema gets, even in horror circles. There's no single outright masterpiece in the set, and even the hardcore fans of the series will … Continue reading Minutiae: Love in Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter

Why I Love… #131: Special Effects

Year: 1984 Director: Larry Cohen Stars: Zoë Lund, Eric Bogosian, Brad Rijn Larry Cohen made cheap, dirty, gritty films. Not the kind that got a lot of respect on release (or, in most cases, later on for that matter). They were often genre pictures that belayed a scabrous social critique. His most popular and irreverent … Continue reading Why I Love… #131: Special Effects

The Strange Magic of Purple Rain

Prince died last week and I, like many others I would imagine, watched Purple Rain. A little personal context if you'll permit me. I always respected but never particularly pursued the man's music (shamefully I count myself among those now moved to make up for this past neglect). His loss didn't feel as strangely significant to me … Continue reading The Strange Magic of Purple Rain

Why I Love… #79: Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind

Year: 1984 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Genre: Animation / Science Fiction / Fantasy Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind was a landmark film for Hayao Miyazaki. Having directed his first feature film (1979's The Castle of Cagliostro) as a director-for-hire, Miyazaki had earned just praise within Japan's fervent animation industry, but the film had not been … Continue reading Why I Love… #79: Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind