GOLD (1934)

  Gold (1934) Brigitte Helm speaks! For ten minutes, she vamps in a science fiction film about corporate espionage made during the early Nazi period and directed by Karl Hartl. The ghost of the UFA’s great Metropolis lurks everywhere. John Wills (Michael Bohnen) is the villain, a British billionaire driven by greed to control world … More GOLD (1934)

Lady Snowblood (1973)

Lady Snowblood (1973) Color. Starring the beautiful and talented Meiko Kaji , directed by Toshiya Fujita, from a screenplay by Norio Osada based on the 51-issue manga by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Kazuo Kamimura. The original title, Shurayuki-hime, plays on the Japanese name for Snow White, Shirayuki. Blood white. Snows cross black slats. Ma … More Lady Snowblood (1973)

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

  The Manchurian Candidate (1962) John Frankenheimer, using documentary techniques from live television, created this classic of paranoid cinema, starring Frank Sinatra as the Major, Lawrence Harvey as the war hero, and Angela Lansbury as his mother, the Red Queen. It addressed unfounded public fears that soldiers captured by North Korea had been returned brainwashed … More The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

White Heat (1949)

White Heat (1949) James Cagney terrifies as gang leader Cody Jarrett whom not even prison walls can stop from going berzerk and killing as many people as he can. “Made it, Ma! Top of the world!” Director Raoul Walsh’s apocalyptic vision exposes man’s capacity for absolute evil, willing to take down all humanity in the … More White Heat (1949)

Modern Slavery

    Modern Slavery   The conquered were not citizens, Livia Drusilla knew, so her Roman etiquette was attended by invisible hands whose bodies sometimes came into view when their assistance became indispensable.   The more familiar the help, the more likely servitude could acquire a personal name, especially as being of service became a … More Modern Slavery

Gogol’s Nose (1963)

  Gogol’s Nose (1963) 12 Min. Animation. Gogol’s absurdist short story has inspired many short film adaptations, but none so remarkable as  this made entirely on pinscreen by Alexander Alexeieff and Claire Parker. for film go here:   The fact that Gogol’s nose fled his face seems weird, not fit enough for news to join … More Gogol’s Nose (1963)

Heroine

Heroine They check my last employer For health insurance, Then I sit among the indigent Becoming indignant. Bankers are shooting money Into veins of the nation [Colin Raff giphy above] That gushers bankroll Without checking the dice.   They hire those they evict To evict others.   The state owes me Because it owns me. … More Heroine

White Privilege

White Privilege White flares singe and blind             Eyes that stare too long at the sun. The pink and fair-skinned streak Their faces with white paint.   Resentment and grudges Fuel the rage whose cinders Smolder across generations And take down massive forests.   White is the evisceration Of colors, … More White Privilege

Ghosts at Christmas

[Silent Night / Chet Baker & Christpher Mason] Ghosts at Christmas My grandmother will not go away. Years ago, she waited for the weekly Visit my mother and I would make After work. On the wall over her bed Hung a reproduction of “Blue Boy,” The one tactless possession that she kept As the room … More Ghosts at Christmas