The Criterion Files: The Killing

The Killing Directed by: Stanley Kubrick Written by: Stanley Kubrick, Jim Thompson Starring: Sterling Hayden, Colleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Elisha Cook Jr., Marie Windsor Cinematography by: Lucien Ballard Music by: Gerard Fried Release: May 20, 1956 When you think of Stanley Kubrick, which of his many films come to mind? The Shining? 2001: A […]

The Criterion Files: Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly Directed by: Robert Aldrich Written by: Mickey Spillane (story), A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay) Starring: Ralph Meeker, Maxine Cooper, Albert Dekker, Gaby Rodgers Cinematography by: Ernest Laszio Music by: Frank DeVol Release: May 18, 1955 “Va-va-voom! Pow pow!” Those words may encapsulate the masculine, grunting energy of Kiss Me Deadly, Robert Aldrich’s noir masterpiece, better than […]

Off the Shelf…'Oldboy'

(Note: I’ve never made my love for Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy a secret, and I’ve never actually sat down and reviewed it in full. I’ve written pieces about it before, but only in context with what the movie means to me as a critic and cineaste. In light of my recent rediscovery of my love for […]