The Fly is Cronenberg’s tragi-gooey triumph

The Fly is Cronenberg’s tragi-gooey triumph

by Matt Fleming. This is RETROGRADING, where the dream is over and the insect is awake. THE FILM: The Fly THE YEAR: 1986. At the tail end of the American horror movie movement of the 1970s and early ‘80s, the genre was dominated by comedic thrill rides like...
King Hu made poetry out of protest with A Touch of Zen

King Hu made poetry out of protest with A Touch of Zen

by Arpad Okay. This is RETROGRADING, where we know better than to mess with monks when martial arts are involved. THE FILM: A Touch of Zen THE YEAR: 1971. King Hu had left Shaw Brothers and Hong Kong for the creative freedom of his own Taiwanese production company,...