Category: 1990s

Raymond Rea Interview - Collecting Movies

Collecting Movies with Raymond Rea

Raymond Rea Interview: Greg Carlson and the filmmaker/educator discuss movie collecting.

1995 Cinema Essay - Johnny Mnemonic

Visions of the Future from 1995: Touching with Synthetic Hands

Visions of the Future from 1995: Touching with Synthetic Hands by D.M. Palmer: “These films posited that to dream in public, to build new worlds on this freshly privatized terrain, was to risk new and previously inconceivable forms of personal ruin.”

Visions of the Future from 1995: I Am the Law

“The capacity to dehumanize has always been present in cinema; to witness the vanquishing of enemies on the screen has served a cathartic function for every society in which cinema has taken hold.”

1995 Cinema Essay - Tank Girl

Visions of the Future from 1995: The World Is Screwed

“‘Waterworld,’ ’12 Monkeys’ and ‘Tank Girl’ posit that when a civilization collapses, many of its customs will be upheld through authoritarian means…”

Batman Essay - Femme Fatales in Batman Returns and Batman & Robin

Femme Fatales in ‘Batman Returns’ and ‘Batman & Robin’

“With ‘Batman Returns’ and ‘Batman & Robin,’ Burton and Schumacher apply their collaborative and authorial sensibilities to iconic female villains.”

David Cronenberg Essay - Crimes of the Future (1970)

Death Is Not the End: Self-Destruction in the Films of David Cronenberg

“Perhaps David Cronenberg is owed another kind of reputation: that of a humanist filmmaker who observes and questions, who understands our pain and sorrow as well as our ambitions both intellectual and libidinous.”

Showgirls and Mulholland Dr. Movie Essay

Blonde Ambition: ‘Showgirls’ and ‘Mulholland Dr.’ as Two Sides of the Same Coin

“Nomi of ‘Showgirls’ and Betty of ‘Mulholland Dr.’ seem to be communicating with each other across space and time, from entirely different films yet resolutely from within the same universe.”

Michael Glawogger Essay - Workingman's Death Documentary

The World Is Working: Michael Glawogger’s Trilogy on Poverty and Labor

“The real horrors of Glawogger’s films are the moments when people, having been given an opportunity to open up, are crushed by their own words.”

The Addams Family Movie Essay - 1991 Barry Sonnenfeld Fillm

Embracing the New Normal: ‘The Addams Family’ Is Timeless at 30

“‘The Addams Family’ is a beacon of hope for weird kids everywhere, since Wednesday and Pugsley are never forced to change who they are to fit in, nor do they care what anyone thinks.”

I Know What You Did Last Summer Cast - Every Performer and Character in the 1997 Movie

Know the Cast: ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’

‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ Cast: A Vague Visages guide for every main performer and character in Jim Gillespie’s 1997 movie.

The Sopranos Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

Soundtracks of Television: ‘The Sopranos’ Season 1, Episode 1 (‘Pilot’)

The Sopranos Soundtrack: A Vague Visages guide for every featured song in season 1, episode 1 (‘Pilot’) of the HBO series.

The Many Saints of Newark Cast - Spenser Granese Portrays Beansie Gaeta in the 2021 Movie

‘The Many Saints of Newark’ Cast: Who Plays Beansie Gaeta from ‘The Sopranos’

‘The Many Saints of Newark’ Cast: Here’s what you need to know about the actor who plays The Sopranos’ Beansie Gaeta in the 2021 movie prequel.

Candyman Cast 1992 - Every Main Performer and Character

Know the Cast: ‘Candyman’

‘Candyman’ Cast: A Vague Visages guide for every main performer and character in Bernard Rose’s 1992 horror movie.

James Cameron Movies and Feminism - Aliens

WOMAN: At the Heart of James Cameron’s Filmmaking

“If you’re looking for feminism, don’t look at James Cameron — look at his films.”

Mrs. Doubtfire Cast - Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard

Know the Cast: ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Cast: A Vague Visages guide for Chris Columbus’ 1993 film starring Robin Williams.

Signs - M. Night Shyamalan Cameo

VVoices: Best M. Night Shyamalan Film

VVoices #7: Vague Visages Contributors on the Best M. Night Shyamalan Film

Romeo + Juliet Soundtrack

Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘Romeo + Juliet’

‘Romeo + Juliet’ Soundtrack: A Vague Visages guide for every featured song in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 movie.

Freeway Movie Film

Trash, Trauma and Revenge in Matthew Bright’s ‘Freeway’

“In ‘Freeway,’ Vanessa isn’t a girl who has won a battle, but one who has lost a war.”

Michael Mann Film - Ali

Mannhunting: Exploring Masculinity in the Films of Michael Mann – Part Three

Mannhunting #3 by Bill Bria (‘Ali,’ ‘The Insider’ and ‘Collateral’)

The Basketball Diaries Movie Film

The Code Complex: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jim Carroll and ‘The Basketball Diaries’

“DiCaprio’s early 90s accomplishments have been widely dismissed or ignored ever since Titanic’s Jack Dawson become a beloved movie figure amongst parents and their nostalgia-loving kids.”