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The Guilty

With its single setting and real-time story, The Guilty is a brilliant genre exercise, a cinematic study in tension, sound design, and how to make…

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Halloween

Do you know the biggest sin of the new Halloween? It’s just not scary. And that’s one thing you could never say about the original.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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The Unloved, Part 41: "Crash"

The latest edition of Scout Tafoya’s “The Unloved” video essay series focuses on David Cronenberg’s 1996 film “Crash,” as based on the novel by J.G. Ballard. Controversial since its Cannes premiere, the James Spader and Holly Hunter film about the eroticism of car crashes is framed by Tafoya as “a feature length incantation … urging us to allow each wicked sight the potential to change us.” As this “perfect instrument of upset and provocation” takes viewers on its unforgettable, taboo ride, Tafoya assures us that “If you’re still in your chair, then you’re in Cronenberg’s passenger seat.” 

The Unloved - Crash from Scout Tafoya on Vimeo.

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