(Not So) Famous Firsts

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(Not So) Famous Firsts: Halloween Edition — Herk Harvey’s “Carnival of Souls”

Halloween gets all the movie nerds excited. This is the season where it becomes not only socially acceptable to watch gory films, but...

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(Not So) Famous Firsts: Richard Elfman’s “Forbidden Zone”

My goal with (Not So) Famous Firsts is to remind myself that everyone has stumbling blocks to get over. Steven Spielberg wasn’t...

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(Not So) Famous Firsts: Francis Ford Coppola’s “Dementia 13”

The most influential figure on the new Hollywood era was Roger Corman. He’s the one who gave Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Monte...

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(Not So) Famous Firsts: Terry Zwigoff’s “Louie Bluie”

In a career spanning 34 years, director Terry Zwigoff has only directed four major films. His 1994 feature Crumb may be the greatest...

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(Not So) Famous Firsts: Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station”

Ryan Coogler has only directed three feature films, but he’s already attained the success very few filmmakers ever attain in their...

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(Not So) Famous Firsts: Alfonso Cuarón’s “Sólo con Tu Pareja”

It’s been five years since Alfonso Cuarón released Gravity and won the Best Director Oscar. But with the release of Roma he’s once...

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(Not So) Famous Firsts: Sergio Leone’s “The Colossus of Rhodes”

Legendary spaghetti western director Sergio Leone was obsessed with genre pictures but was ignorant of the constraints traditional...

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(Not So) Famous Firsts: Sam Peckinpah’s “The Deadly Companions”

These days, it seems like Sam Peckinpah will be remembered more for his outrageous behavior than for his films – if he’s remembered at...

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(Not So) Famous Firsts: Terry Gilliam’s “Jabberwocky”

I have long been a fan of Terry Gilliam. His Brazil is my favorite film of all time. But to say he’s been an inconsistent filmmaker is an...

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(Not So) Famous Firsts: Ridley Scott’s “The Duellists”

Ridley Scott is unusual amongst A-list directors. He has several classics to his name, but is still not mentioned in the same breath as...

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(Not So) Famous Firsts: A Kathryn Bigelow Double Feature

In the last decade, Kathryn Bigelow has become the most famous female American director. She has become the new chronicler of recent...

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(Not So) Famous Firsts: Jonathan Demme’s “Caged Heat”

Jonathan Demme’s passing was marked by tributes to Silence of the Lambs, an American horror classic. Demme would still be considered one...

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(Not So) Famous Firsts: “Fear and Desire”

Every filmmaker follows one of two paths. The first path is the Orson Welles wunderkind path that sees a filmmaker dazzle everyone their...