Author Archive: Peter Bowse
Peter Bowse is a full-time office drone, part-time film critic and occasional filmmaker living in Chicago, IL. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Cinema Studies at DePaul University.
The late director Robert Altman had a notorious aversion to story. He believed story and plot were a distraction to the study of simple human behavior. Kelly Reichardt approaches her films much the same way, focusing less on story – or even character – and more on how certain types of people behave in a […]
Hearing Martin Scorsese talk about movies is an enlightening experience. He is a director who knows cinema. Scorsese is not simply a cinephile (like Paul Thomas Anderson or Quentin Tarantino) or a technician (like Kubrick); he is not a man who collects tidbits of style, knowledge or equipment as if they were rare stamps. Scorsese […]
I am no fan of police officers. This is based on my limited encounters and with the wide array of anecdotes and news stories revolving around the despicable abuse of power and institutional cover up that routinely occurs within various law enforcement agencies. But even though I could pull out endless tales of police corruption […]
Cheap Thrills is a single-minded, vicious, misanthropic thriller. Despite the marketing campaign promoting it as a black comedy, there are very few laughs other than a shocked chortle as you watch two men descend into violent desperation. Pat Healy – best known as the neo-Nazi clerk from Ghost World – and Ethan Embry – of […]
Is there an actor with a more world-weary face than Sean Bean? Although he was once voted the United Kingdom’s second sexiest man (behind Orlando Bloom, of all people) he has the aged features of a man who has seen several lifetimes, no doubt as the result of being killed in nearly every film he’s […]
I am not against remakes. Remakes of horror movies seem to be more successful since they’re less about story and more about style (The Hills Have Eyes, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), but other genres can work when the subtext is updated for a new generation (The Manchurian Candidate). Remakes only become a problem when […]