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 MFA in Screenwriting from DePaul University.

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Making the Rules

Making the Rules

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Alien Abduction

Alien Abduction

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a filmmaking technique, found footage is dead.  What once seemed like a comment a technologically obsessed, intellectually deficient generation has been transformed – aptly enough – into a shallow delivery system for cheap thrills for low-budget filmmakers.  Don’t have enough money for lights?  Low light cameras are a dime a dozen.  Production design?  Who […]

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Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Cheap Thrills

Cheap Thrills

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Wicked Blood

Wicked Blood

| March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Non-Stop

Non-Stop

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Liam Neeson is the working man’s action star.  When Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger kills a man, the weapon they use – gun, knife, steel pipe – is an extension of their bulging muscles.  Neeson’s body count is the result of craftsmanship and a strong work ethic.  Like a carpenter building his own house, only […]

Oldboy

Oldboy

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]