THE LISTS: In Contention’s top 20 horror films of all time

Posted by · 1:11 pm · October 28th, 2008

Yes, how trite.  Another list of the “best” horror films of all time.  But this really is the most subjective of genres, is it not?  What is scary to us all has slipped out of the realm of the universal and become much more of a personal thing. Certain films are inarguable, as our list […]

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The under-appreciated

Posted by · 9:52 am · September 21st, 2008

We all know that there are brilliant films that sometimes never find an audience, slipping out of theatres long before they should and often disappearing into the void of the home market. In fairness, the advent of VHS and now DVD has allowed for such films to be re-discovered by future generations, and VHS was […]

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Peter Finch and the posthumous Oscar

Posted by · 2:05 pm · July 26th, 2008

Peter Finch’es wide-eyed, frantic performance as newsman Howard Beale in Sidney Lumet’s “Network” became a touchstone for North America in 1976 because we too were “mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.” Vietnam was over, though the vets were struggling with their various personal horrors.  Nixon had resigned, leaving a mistrustful America […]

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1976: a great year and Oscar blew it

Posted by · 6:18 am · May 31st, 2008

Continuing the conversation on great years for movies (1974 being my pick for the best), I thought I’d dig into a season rich with material that slipped through Oscar’s fingers. The American bicentennial year was loaded with wonderful films — ground-breaking works that stunned both audiences and critics with their mastery. Three of them were […]

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