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Seeing Red

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Seeing Red
Seeing Red

The House Next Door’s 02/18/06 interview with former Salon critic Charles Taylor inspired some of the most heated reactions of any article yet published here. A number of comments centered on Taylor’s defense of Brian De Palma’s Mission to Mars, a sci-fi epic that has proved surprisingly divisive for such a gentle movie. To build on that discussion, I’ve culled a representative selection of reviews, arranged in a spectrum from pans to raves.

Andrew O’Hehir, Salon: “I’m something of an agnostic when it comes to De Palma, but he’s unquestionably a director of consummate style and skill, one whose most popular films—from Carrie to Scarface to The Untouchables—have become tremendously influential in contemporary cinema. Sometimes his cannily constructed thrillers (like Dressed to Kill or Blow Out) have struck me as soulless, even sadistic, technical exercises, slavishly devoted to the gospel of Alfred Hitchcock. But one thing De Palma has never been, until now, is a crashing bore.”