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My Criterion Top 10: Steve Habrat


I’m running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet for the next few weeks. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. The Criterion Top 10 Series kicks off week two with a contribution from Steve Habrat of Anti-Film School. Steve is brimming with enthusiasm for all cinema, but he’s truly an ace regarding grindhouse, exploitation, and retro aesthetics, as well as horror. In fact, many of you may remember that Steve has previously contributed at tdylf with Miracle on 42nd Street, a retrospective on New York’s 42nd Street movie scene. Steve has also been featured on Total Film online under “3 Cool Film Blogs to Visit”; GuysNation; Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights; Furious Cinema; and the Grindhouse Cinema Database. You may find him on Twitter @antifilmschool. Continue reading


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My Criterion Top 10: Alex Withrow


The Criterion Top 10 Series rolls on. As I mentioned yesterday, over the next few weeks, I’ll be running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. Each writer will list their top 10 from the Criterion Collection, mirroring Criterion’s own Top 10 series. Today’s article is a real treat, coming from filmmaker Alex Withrow. While most of us enjoy watching and discussing film, Alex is down in the trenches actually making them, having moved to Los Angeles last year to continue his dream. He has written and directed two shorts- Full Circle (2008) and Earrings (2012)– and is currently in post-production on his third film, Wait. Moreover, Alex has a tremendous site, And So It Begins, which regularly features incredible in-depth articles about directors, actors, essays, and film reviews.You can (and should) find his films here, and follow him on Twitter @shiftingPersona.
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Google Autocomplete Movie Reviews


Google’s autocomplete feature is a wonder of modern society. It’s like going on a real-time archeological dig to determine how our society feels about any subject possible. It’s a roller coaster ride, fluctuating wildly from humorous to educational to horrifying, all contingent upon what you’re searching. Here are some lessons that we can learn, reviews as it were, of various movies using Google autocomplete. Continue reading


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Movie-Themed Birthday Cakes

The long and storied tradition of movie-themed birthday cakes begins when you’re young and someone hands you a cake featuring characters from your favorite animated movie. It usually ends as you approach adulthood, when cakes in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head are replaced with black forest, german chocolate, and peanut butter angel food (my personal favorite). But some people never get past that early stage of having movie-themed birthday cakes. Here are a lot of very diverse examples. Continue reading


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100 More Things I Love About the Movies

When I passed the 100,000 hit marker in November, I honored the event with what became one of my most popular entries- 100 Things I Love About the Movies. As it turns out, my odometer recently rolled over another milestone- the 200,000 hit marker. As logic follows, I’m due for another stroll down 100 Things Avenue. So without further ado, here are 100 More Things I Love About the Movies: Continue reading


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Akira Kurosawa, how do I heart thee? Let me count the ways

At some point in the last year or so, I’ve come to view Kurosawa as the best director in the world. He’s not necessarily my favorite (hello, Ingmar Bergman) but in the pure terms of the artistic value of his films, combined with entertainment value, I don’t think you can top Kurosawa. Why do I say this? Continue reading


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