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Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining (1980) is terrifying for multiple reasons. First and foremost, it deals with two taboos: parricide and filicide. What's terrifying about Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson) isn't that he's a homicidal maniac; it's that...

Next to Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, and James Bond, Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name is one of cinema's most iconic heroes. The poncho, the small cigarillo, and an uncanny ability with a piece of cold, hard steel, the Man...

When I originally put together the list of the neo-noirs I was planning on including in this retrospective, I had put down two David Lynch titles: Lost Highway (1997) and Mulholland Dr. (2001). Unfortunately, Mulholland Dr., one of my favorite...

I had been pushing off my neo-noir retrospective review of Christopher Nolan's Memento (2000) for numerous reasons. Initially, I kept pushing it off so that we could run it the same week that his latest film, Inception -- one of...

On the morning of July 12, 2010, having just poured myself a cup of coffee, I began to scan a page from the Harvey Pekar/Robert Crumb story "Standing Behind Old Jewish Ladies in Supermarket Lines" for an essay on American...

Re-watching John Dahl's The Last Seduction (1994) with the intent of writing a review for the neo-noir retrospective, I initially thought I was going to be writing about Linda Fiorentino's femme fatale. I mean, how can you not think about...

Luchino Visconti's 185-minute film The Leopard (Il Gattopardo, 1963) begins outside a quiet Italian villa. The camera gradually makes its way closer to the estate, gliding across the windows -- open to the early summer breeze -- until settling on...

In Ernest Hemmingway's short story "The Killers," the reader is presented with a character, Ole Anderson, who knows he is to be killed by two hit men yet goes gently into that good night. The story, which was directly adapted...

I wrote in my last neo-noir retrospective review of The Long Goodbye (1973) that neo-noir films take "a self-reflexive approach to the narrative and stylistic tropes of the classical era." This was true of most of the films in this...

After kicking off the 2010 Pajiba Neo-Noir Retrospective with an analysis of Paul Thomas Anderson's Hard Eight (1996), I felt the strong desire to put his film in dialogue with the neo-noir of his mentor Robert Altman: The Long Goodbye...

Last summer, shortly after the beginning as a film critic with Pajiba, I published a ranking of the five film noirs of the classical age over the course of a week. Ever since, I've been contemplating doing a top five...

Around the same time that movies like The Day After (reviewed here) came out and traumatized kids across the country with real fears of an apocalypse, another movie actually designed for children would come along and traumatize youth in a...

This week, a few readers noted on my Facebook page that I had been away from Pajiba for a while. The story of my absence is not a particularly entertaining one, as I was simply bogged down with various types...

This past week, Dustin linked to Time Out Magazine's list of the 50 greatest animated films and, upon realizing the presence of John Lasseter's feature-debut Toy Story (1995) ranked at number five, noted "Toy Story 2 was better than Toy...

Most of the time when one discusses a decade-old film, a spoiler-revealing discussion is to be expected. However, if you haven't yet watched The Sixth Sense (honestly, why the fuck not?) and have any interest in doing so, you'd better...

When The Wizard of Oz premiered 70 years ago, it stunned and amazed audiences worldwide. Not only was it an engaging, fantastical tale of friendship, love, loss and redemption, but it was also an incredible technical achievement, featuring stunning cinematography...

On March 7th 1999, four days after screening his first cut of Eyes Wide Shut (1999) to stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman (still married at the time) and Warner Brothers executives, director Stanley Kubrick died at the age of...

Way Down in the Hole

Anybody Who Speaks Badly Of Revenge Ain't Never Lost Nothing Important

There's Plenty of Killings in Your Book, Lord...

He'd Kill Us If He Had the Chance

Half the Smarts, Twice the Kick

Faith and Begorrah

It Seems to Me That My Coming Into This World Was a Very Hard Fall.

How Could I Have Known That Murder Could Sometimes Smell Like Honeysuckle?

I'm Supposed to Do a Thriller at Universal, But They Want Charlton Heston to Play a Mexican.

I Never Knew the Old Vienna

Give My Regards to King Tut

A Bad Day at the Races

I Have the Perfect Weapon Right Here, These Two Hands.

Fonzie Used a Water Ski Whereas Tarantino Used a 1970 Chevy Nova To Jump the Shark

Jesus Wept

Revenge is a Dish Served Cold Because it Took Over Four Hours to Get Out of the Kitchen

Burn Hollywood Burn

Postmodern Fiction

Honor Among Thieves

You Are Who You Choose to Be

Water, My Ass! Bring This Guy Some Pepto-Bismol!

Terrific. I'm About to Get Killed a Million Miles from Nowhere with a Gung-Ho Iguana Who Tells Me to Relax.

Only After Disaster Can We Be Resurrected

The Riddle of Steel

Viral Twist and Shout

I Didn't Know I Was Lost at the Time

I Wouldn't Say I've Been Missing It, Bob

I Can’t Believe This Macho Bullshit.


The Highway to Hell: Paved by What Happened in Monterey

Not with a Bang but a Whimper

Is it Just Me, or Does Every Woman in New York Have a Severe Emotional Problem?

Luminous Beings Are We

They Came. They Saw. They Sort Of Kicked Ass.

Moulin Rouge Review

Stripes Review

American History X


Can't Hardly Wait


Long Is the Way, and Hard, That Out of Hell Leads Up to Light

Long Is the Way, and Hard, That Out of Hell Leads Up to Light

Tin Cup

The Crow

Out of Sight

Sling Blade




L.A. Confidential

American Psycho