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Young Turks: Bogdanovich, Coppola and Friedkin

It was the early 1970s, Hollywood was in turnaround. The old guard was nearing the end with some young turks taking the stage. Each started making small films, worked in other roles, or worked in television; but were ready for their close-ups as feature directors with the new decade.  1,099 more words


Review: The Devil and Father Amorth

I was surprised to find this movie on Netflix. I’ve read many of Father Amorth’s books, and found them to be interesting.

Friedkin follows Father Amorth, interviews him, and films the exorcism of Cristina, supposedly her ninth exorcism. 122 more words


Best (new) Documentaries streaming  on Netflix India right now

Besides their constant push to create original movies, Netflix is also becoming a treasure-trove for documentary enthusiasts. While Making a Murderer, The Keepers, and The Staircase achieved much critical acclaim, there are still many undiscovered documentaries that would grip you from the get-go and make you binge until you have heard the full story. 674 more words


William Friedkin’s Second Dance with the Devil

Decades after The Exorcist’s release in 1973, its Oscar-winning director William Friedkin returned to the subject matter for a documentary entitled The Devil and Father Amorth… 913 more words

What's so interesting about The French Connection?

I don’t know why but I’ve come to a bit of a brick wall trying to review this film as if it’s a fresh take. So instead I’m going to share some things I found interesting from the director, William Friedkin’s DVD commentary, because, the way I see it, and believe me, the way you’ll see it too, the miracle of how this film was made is half the intrigue. 950 more words


Anatomy of a Sequence

The Exorcist

The Exorcist’s opening Iraq sequence is a masterclass in visual metaphors. By using only images and sound (the brief dialogue is in Arabic), a portending evil is introduced. 448 more words


BUG (2006)

Paranoia is contagious.
Absolutely goddamned right.

Bug, the 2006 movie from William Friedkin, dives into paranoia like the films of my childhood. It deserves a spot on the shelf next to classic paranoia films of the 70’s like The Conversation, Three Days of the Condor, The Parallax View, Capricorn One, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Marathon Man, and The China Syndrome. 1,659 more words