Nazi Zombies, Satanic Witches & Doom-Head Clowns: A Rob Zombie Retrospective – Part 3

Sheri Moon Zombie as Heidi Hawthorne in The Lords of Salem

Even as a staunch defender of Rob Zombie's cinematic output, I think it's fair to say that his career post-Michael Myers has been a bit of a mixed bag. Various big-budget original projects (Tyrannosaurus Rex), visionary remakes (The Blob), and stories grounded in reality (Broad Street Bullies, based on the 1970s Philadelphia Flyers ice hockey …

Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy: A Fistful of Dollars

Clint Eastwood as the "Man with No Name" in A Fistful of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars, released in 1964, was the first Western directed by Sergio Leone, as well as Clint Eastwood's first leading role. While it is arguably the weakest of the Dollars Trilogy, its importance and influence cannot be overstated. The stories that Leone would tell in his Westerns would become far more complex and …

If Not Now, When? Richard Linklater (Part 3)

Where to begin? The Before Trilogy, as it has been named, is considered to be one of Richard Linklater’s crowning achievements (together with co-writers---on parts two and three---Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy). A small release back in 1995, Before Sunrise was not typical of the twenty-somethings-get-together type of pictures that played to a multiplex audience. …

Aging, Reflection & Mortality in The Straight Story & Lucky

The late, great Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky

One of the many life lessons I’ve adopted from Twin Peaks is FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper’s advice, “When two separate events occur simultaneously pertaining to the same object of inquiry, we must always pay strict attention.” Well, the two separate events that I’m colliding here to share are very recent screenings of David Lynch’s …

Born Angel Myers, Raised Laurie Strode: A Rob Zombie Retrospective – Part 2

Laurie Strode wears Michael Myers' mask in Halloween II

The release of John Carpenter's Halloween in 1978 ushered in a new decade of horror, which would forever change the artistic landscape and commercial profitability of the genre. An era that would become as synonymous for its masked serial killers and final girls as the 1930s were for the Universal Classic Monsters and the 1950s …

On-Screen, Off-Screen: The Beauty and Wisdom of Sofia Coppola

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation

“On-Screen, Off-Screen” is our monthly film series created to showcase a more personal retrospective about some of our favourite filmmakers. Each month, one 25YL staffer will choose one of their own favourite filmmakers---be it a director or performer or writer or composer or production designer, etc---and will analyse what it is about their on-screen work …

That’s What I’m Talking About: Richard Linklater – An Introduction (Part 1)

I am unsure how most people happen upon the movies of Richard Linklater. In all likelihood, the first film many will have watched, depending on what generation they belong to, would have been something like Dazed and Confused. A later generation would have enjoyed something fairly lightweight---School of Rock perhaps---and not really have taken much …