Samuel Fuller

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With David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl opening Friday, the often fraught relationship between narrative cinema and written fiction is in the air, and has already produced an onslaught of comparison pieces between the book and the film. A filmmaker’s relationship to an author’s vision is a tricky one that is rarely assuaged by the author’s presence in the filmmaking process – difficult-to-navigate medium-specific capacities make difficult hurdles for even the most “cinematic” novels. But what happens when this process is inverted? And no, I’m not talking about novelizations, but the relatively rare instances in which established film directors publish novels independent of their cinematic output. No doubt, their cinematic output frames any readings of these books and – like the process of adapting a book to film – almost forces the reader ask about the artistic correspondence across medium. Sometimes, the intent in jumping across form is clear, as with Guillermo del Toro’s collaboration with Chuck Hogan for The Strain in hopes of turning that series of novels into a television show. Occasionally, a novel is a passion project of its own eventually adapted to the medium of the author’s origins, like Ethan Hawke’s novel and subsequent film of The Hottest State. But rarer still is the work of a filmmaker-turned-novelist without the plans of taking the work in reverse – the novel meant simply to exist as a novel. Two directors have seen recent releases of written work seemingly intended to never make it off the page: David […]


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Every day, come rain or shine or internet tubes breaking, Film School Rejects showcases a trailer from the past. “He’s taught to hate and attack black people!” “I want you to shoot him now before he kills more blacks!” Oh, Samuel Fuller. Those are just two of the brilliant lines in your ode to a racist dog that can bite people on the arm and make them drive their trucks into storefronts. Why is a methed-out Colonel Sanders helping Kristy McNichol to retrain her dog who only murders black people? Is there a message in this thing? Is it about love or something? And, wait, there’s a Criterion of this thing? You’re damn right there is. Think you know what it is? Check the trailer out for yourself:



Our Culture Warrior Landon Palmer digs into next month’s Cannes line up so you won’t have to. Learn what to look out for when they hit the states and feign sounding cultured at parties!



If you’re like me, you’ve been glued to Discovery Channel all week checking out all the fantastic shark action. If you need a break though, yet demand more sharks, here are a few films that should keep you from heading to the ocean (or to the deep end of the pool) for a while.


Pickup on South Street

A small time grifter picks the wrong pocket and ends up in the middle of a federal espionage case that gets tangled up in Cold War sentiments and noir sensibilities.

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published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015

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