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Carrie Rickey

Carrie Rickey, movie critic emerita of the Philadelphia Inquirer, writes for various outlets, including the Forward, the New York Times, and Truthdig.

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Sisters: Psycho-Thriller, Qu’est-ce Que C’est?
Sisters: Psycho-Thriller, Qu’est-ce Que C’est?

Brian De Palma found his home in the psychological thriller with this chilling tale of murder, which twists genre conventions to investigate the perils of looking and the pitfalls of subjectivity.

By Carrie Rickey

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The Brood: Separation Trials
The Brood: Separation Trials

Divorce wreaks a particularly devastating form of havoc in David Cronenberg's personal take on the dissolution of a marriage.

By Carrie Rickey

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Broadcast News: Lines and Deadlines
Broadcast News: Lines and Deadlines

A character-driven tale of driven characters whose professional triangle trumps their romantic one, Broadcast News (1987) takes place after the fall of the Equal Rights Amendment and before the fall of the Berlin Wall—a time when gender wars and c…

By Carrie Rickey

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Videodrome: Make Mine Cronenberg

A version of this essay appeared in the Village Voice in January 1983. Although it wasn’t obvious upon its release in 1983, Videodrome is a key work in the David Cronenberg oeuvre. For this Virgil among filmmakers, our personable guide to bio…

By Carrie Rickey


RoboCop

Tooled from spare hardware—the trunk and limbs of a forklift, the rubberized joints of a vacuum cleaner, and the brain of a police officer—Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop character is a Terminator with the conscience of a constable, a Frankenstein gon…

By Carrie Rickey


Polyester

Remember those inane but innovative gimmicks that duped a movie audience into having the time of its life even when the movie stunk? There was Percepto in William Castle’s The Tingler (1959), a device consisting of a buzzer rigged into selected th…

By Carrie Rickey