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Harrison Blackman

Harrison Blackman is a Fulbright scholar, a writer of fiction and nonfiction, and a TV and film project consultant.

Blake Edwards’s Experiment in Terror

Since its release in 1962, Experiment in Terror has inspired artists from David Lynch to Lana Del Rey. Sometimes considered a “neo-noir” due to its production several years after the film noir’s heyday, the movie represents a bridge between the classic noir period of the 1940s and the glut of serial killer content which started arriving in the wake of The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Laura Dern,
“A Woman in Trouble”

David Lynch’s Inland Empire (2006) is perhaps the filmmaker’s most inscrutable film. In a new monograph on the film, Melissa Anderson contextualizes the movie as a simulacrum of the themes both Lynch and actor/star Laura Dern have taken on throughout their careers.

Karen Han’s Bong Joon Ho: Dissident Cinema

As a careful survey of a filmmaker whose work is not yet finished, Dissident Cinema is a compelling appraisal and appreciation of Bong’s body of work. Tackling each of his seven features (and more), Han contextualizes the films and filmmaker through various essays and a series of interviews with some of Bong’s frequent collaborators.

Shariff Korver’s Do Not Hesitate (2021)

A tense suspense story about three soldiers hiding from scavenging locals and desperately searching for water in a forbidden cave, Do Not Hesitate (2021) is an unflinching film with a particularly dark twist that sends the film toward compelling and disturbing territory.

The 16th Cyprus International Film Festival

The Cyprus International Film Festival represents an intriguing initiative to bring film culture to the periphery of the European Union and raise awareness of Cyprus’s complex geopolitical situation.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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