Chuck Stephens

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  • 11 years ago

    In the final moments of 1960's When a Woman Ascends the Stairs—the last classic of Japanese cinema's pre-New Wave golden age—Keiko, a slowly brittling modern geisha, strides once more into the Ginza, neon ground zero of Tokyo's thousand-...

  • 11 years ago

    A water-tower-top windmill wheezing metal machine music out across the sagebrush, the felt-dampened thup . . . thup . . . thup as dripping water tortures Woody Strode's hat, and a fly that dive-bombs Jack Elam's beard sweat until the putty-faced a...

  • 11 years ago

    A founding figure of the second wave of the American avant-garde, Curtis Harrington was born in Hollywood—or somewhere just down the street. In 1942, Harrington, then 14, made his first film, a version of "The Fall of the House of Usher." The...

  • 11 years ago

    Of all the agit-pulp punctuations peppered throughout action master Kihachi Okamoto’s anarchically exhilarating and archly self-skewering 1968 swordplay classic Kill!, one loaded battle cry from deep within the chaos of that far too little-kn...

  • 11 years ago

    BANGKOK, THAILAND—When Thai critic Kong Rithdee, writing in Film Comment, diagnosed the uncannily bifurcated narrative of Tropical Malady as a case of "Siamese (non)identical twins," he wasn't just cracking wise. The second of Kong's Bangkok ...

  • 12 years ago

    Adapted from an award-winning novel by Chart Kobjitti, producer-turned-director Pantham Thongsang's The Judgment harks back to a more modest time in Thai cinema—the 1980s—when fewer than a dozen local films were released each year, and n...


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