REVIEW: Citizen Kane [1941]

It’ll probably turn out to be a very simple thing. Of all the classics of black and white cinema during the sound age, Orson Welles‘ Citizen Kane has always been the one to me that was easiest to shortchange. That’s what being saddled with the label “Best Movie of All-time” does. It provides a target. If you agree with those sentiments, you’re going along with the crowd. If you disagree, you’re merely trying too hard to be contrarian. And there are plenty of reasons to do both. I personally refused…

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REVIEW: Sisters [1973]

“There is no body because there was no murder” Many people out there seem to have some sort of indifference when it comes to the subject of director Brian De Palma. I’m not quite sure what it is, but I have enjoyed every film I’ve seen by him. In anticipation of his new The Black Dahlia, I decided to revisit one of his earlier films, Sisters. I hadn’t seen it in over five years or so, but always remembered finding it intellectually disturbing and containing one of the most surreal,…

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