In the parlance of today’s writer, gory greetings! We’ve reached day three of The Criterion Top 10 Series. First, a brief reminder- I’m running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. Today’s entry is from my favorite fan of horror films, Goregirl. You won’t find anyone who’s more enthusiastic about the genre. And like some horrifying bug in a film made by her fellow Canadian, David Cronenberg, her enthusiasm is infectious. Think of your 20 or 50 or 100 favorite horror films, and I assure you that Goregirl has seen them and loved them. However, her tastes go deeper than just horror. For as long as I’ve been aware of Goregirl’s Dungeon, her blog, I’ve also known that she has an appreciation for Criterion’s quality. While she recently closed up shop at the Dungeon, you can find an immense archive of her writing there. She also has a very active Tumblr site and can be found on Twitter @ggsdungeon.
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Roman Polanski has lived 100 lifetimes. As a child in Poland, his parents were taken away to concentration camps. His father survived; his mother perished. Polanski himself survived under an assumed name, living with Roman Catholic families. At age 36, fresh off of directing an Oscar winning film one year earlier, his pregnant wife- Sharon Tate- was brutally murdered by the Manson family. In 1977, he was arrested for sexually abusing a 13 year old and ultimately fled the country to avoid sentencing. He’s been living in exile from the United States ever since. However, this hasn’t stopped him from making movies. Both before and after his legal troubles, Polanski has directed some incredible films. Here are five that any fan of cinema should see: Continue reading
It’s amazing what can set a plot in motion. For instance, as was detailed recently at filmhaze, The Godfather was set in motion by Sonny’s question during the meeting with “The Turk” Solozzo. “You mean to tell me the Tattaglias will guarantee our investment?”, he asks. This sets everything else in motion that leads Michael, the protagonist, into becoming Don Michael Corleone. But these events don’t just happen for the protagonist. Most (all?) primary characters have a character arc that takes them from point A to point B and then point C. And in several cases, food is what sparks them along in their character arc. Here are some examples: Continue reading