• Diabolique: Taste the Hamburger of Dracula!

    My write-up of Dracula, Sovereign of the Damned has moved to the Carfax Abbey that is Diabolique. THIS should have been the future of Marvel movies: an anime adaptation of Tomb of Dracula.

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  • Diabolique: Of Harlots, Hays, and Harlow

    I’m on Diabolique, writing about Jean Harlow’s lunatic psycho-sexual comedy Red-Headed Woman which, with just a tweak here and there, could have just as easily been a disturbing horror film.

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  • Diabolique: A World of Wicker

    On Diabolique, I’m writing about everything to do with Emmanuelle in A World of Wicker. Part one looks at the life of the “real-life Emmanuelle,” and the infamous book attributed to her.

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  • Welcome to Cairowood

    Examples of Egyptian filmmaking date back to the beginning of the 20th century, with Cairo becoming a hub of commercial filmmaking in the Arab world with the introduction of sound.

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  • In the Dust of the Stars

    East German production house DEFA got into the scifi game with the solemn The Silent Star. In the Dust of the Stars trades that gravitas for disco style, interpretive dance, and nudity.

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  • The Silent Star

    The imagination apparent in every aspect of The Silent Star‘s design is a joy, with a story that is solid and economical enough in its construction to survive instances of ideological lip service.

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Local Features

Sex and Naps

On the surface, The Wicker Man is the story of one police constable’s attempt to scrooge up a town’s May Day revelries. Delving deeper into its waters, however, is aided by a few key texts that informed the film.

Bullitt

These days, Bullitt‘s reputation is built almost entirely on the exhilarating eleven-minute car chase. Even people who have never seen the movie have seen or heard about that scene.

Asia-Pol

 Despite secret lairs and spy gadgets, Asia-pol plays things straight where other Shaw Bros. espionage efforts reveled in the most outlandish sci-fi aspects of spy films.

Aboard the African Queen

A day spent puttering around the coast and canals of Key Largo on board the actual boat from one of my favorite films, John Huston’s The African Queen.

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Diabolique: A World of Wicker

On Diabolique, I’m writing about everything to do with Emmanuelle in A World of Wicker. Part one looks at the life of the “real-life Emmanuelle,” and the infamous book attributed to her.

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Cocktails & Capers: Exotica Noir

For every Martin Denny , there were dozens of independent exotica musicians plying their trade, often with strange and spooky results. It is these musicians that Technicolor Paradise celebrates.

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Aboard the African Queen

A day spent puttering around the coast and canals of Key Largo on board the actual boat from one of my favorite films, John Huston’s The African Queen.