Author: celluloidangel

Sara Freeman is a writer whose film and culture pieces have ranged from Claudette Colbert as a WWII action heroine to Edgar G. Ulmer’s late period sci-fi films to interviewing John Hyams and beyond. Sara was born in southern Oregon, spent her college years and then some in Chicago and moved to the Czech Republic in 2012. She often dreams of John McTiernan directing another movie. She blogs, posts, and tweets as Celluloid Angel.

I’ma Go For It: Elevating (Vehicular) Bodies in Justin Lin’s ‘Fast and Furious’ Movies Pt. 2

— Fast Five is a whole different ballgame. The movie’s central narrative and aesthetic theme is about starting anew – rebuilding, regrouping, remaking, re-familiarizing. If you fuck up your life by becoming fugitives, rebuild it. If you and your crew part ways on the run, regroup (in Rio de Janeiro). If your family is broken, remake it bigger and better… Read more →

Eat, Pray, Tour – My Experiences (and then some) at Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria

This was written in the summer of 2014 when I was going through an incredibly rough time. In the spirit of new beginnings and new years, I decided to try to finish all the pieces I have backlogged, including this one. Some of what I wrote is now dated (it was shortly before Expendables 3 premiered), but I think it’s still worth posting—visiting the studio… Read more →

A Woman of Paris & The Immigrant

It’s funny how two movies made ninety years apart can have so much in common. The Immigrant was released during 2013’s festival season. A Woman of Paris was released in 1923. Both films are set roughly two years apart in the early 1920s. Both are about young women looking and hoping for a better life in a new city… Read more →

You and Me (Fritz Lang, 1938)

This review is part of our Auteurs Gone Wild series. The movie will screen at Anthology Film Archives on 3/20, 3/27 and 3/29.   Sylvia Sidney is one of Lang’s good girls, one of his American sweethearts. She wants the finer things in life, of course, but she doesn’t ask for what she can’t have, for things far outside her means. She’s not vain and… Read more →

Auteurs Gone Wild

At Anthology Film Archives in New York, David Phelps has curated a nifty new series called Auteurs Gone Wild which looks at the Crème de la crème of classic Hollywood’s best filmmakers and their most atypical works. Included are Hitchcock, Lubitsch, Chaplin, Cukor, Capra and a whole lot more. As the title suggests, this series is sort of the fun house mirror version of vulgar cinema.… Read more →

An Interview with John Carpenter

I lived in Chicago between 2004 and 2012. John Carpenter’s last movie, The Ward, didn’t play in the third largest US city during its limited theatrical run in 2011. It did, however, show briefly in Austin, TX. I worked at Whole Foods at the time and just happened to be traveling down to the weird city to receive some special… Read more →