A Bunch of Bava: Four Times That Night

Created at the end of the swinging sixities, ‘Four Times That Night,’ is a comedic take on Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Rashomon,’ with the same story being told from multiple angels. Bava adds a new twist to the concept, turning the story into a sex comedy. The movie opens with John driving in his sports car. While …

A Bunch of Bava: Kill, Baby… Kill!

This was the fourth and final movie Mario Bava made during the busy year of 1968. The movie opens with as stunning and exciting sequence as a villager commits suicide by falling onto the spikes of a fence. She seems to be driven to do this under the watch of a creepy-looking seven year old …

A Bunch of Bava: Danger Diabolik

In 1968, Mario Bava collaborated with producer Dino De Laurentis (‘Serpico,’ ‘Red Dragon,’ 1976’s ‘King Kong,’) to bring to the screen one of the most popular Italian comic book heroes. Diabolik is not like many heroes of popular lore. Diabolik is a thief. He does not rob to the rich and give to the poor, …

One to Watch: Blake Lively

This past summer, at a preview screening of Superbad, an actress caught my eye. She first appears when Jules (the apple of Seth’s eye in the film) is asking Seth what sorts of alcohol to buy for her party. There’s a girl to the right of Jules, who for part of the conversation is playing …