Raising Cain Re-cut


Indiewire’s Press Play currently hosts my Raising Cain Re-cut project: a personal attempt to approximate Brian De Palma’s original vision of Raising Cain, before the director chose to compromise its structure in post-production. The re-cut uses all of the scenes in the theatrical release and puts them back in the order they were intended, giving rise to […]

Genius hits a target no one else can see

One day I was visiting the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Needless to say, there were pretty Golden Age paintings all over the place, but something was missing in most of them. Then I turned a corner and was completely awe-struck by a shadowy portrait I’d never seen before. No matter how modest in size, this little […]

Out of Sync roundup


Since its completion in 2009, a lot has happened to Out of Sync. After premiering at Indies for Indies in Pittsburgh, it hit the global festival circuit. I’ve already posted about my visit to Rutger Hauer’s I’ve Seen Films International Film Festival in Milan, where Out of Sync received a Special Mention Prize, but the film also screened […]

A night at Milan’s Royal Palace

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Last Friday night, my short Out of Sync received a Special Mention award at Rutger Hauer’s I’ve Seen Films International Film Festival in Milan. The film screened together with 249 other works from 72 countries, selected from a total of 3,482 submissions. Since I hadn’t been able to attend earlier screenings in Florida and Pittsburgh, the […]

Out of Sync premieres in Pittsburgh


Well, a date has finally been set: On March 13th, 15th and 16th, my short Out of Sync will have its world premiere in Pittsburgh, USA, as part of Indies For Indies. The festival will screen the film – which curator Lucas McNelly calls “the best film of 2009, regardless of length” – at the […]

You Gotta Be Kidding: Peet’s Best 25 Films of the Decade


People who know me realize I’m not much of a list-maker. My peculiar taste is suspiciously mood-specific and based on private obsessions that are ever-evolving (just like everyone else’s, for that matter), so numbering favorites is about as pointless to me as, say, a Stephen Sommers remake of Howard the Duck to mankind. Then again, […]

A quizical look at a curious Cozzalio questionnaire

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Fresh from celebrating his fifth anniversary as a model film blogger, my good pal Dennis Cozzalio at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule prepared another one of his impossibly difficult quizzes for the holiday. It’s taken me close to another five years to complete. Here are my answers: 1) Second-favorite Coen Brothers movie. With […]

Making Out of Sync

This behind the scenes video was shot by my colleague Sacha van den Boogerd. Equipped with the worst MiniDV camera in Amsterdam, he managed to document some pretty cool stuff nevertheless. Sacha was only on set for the first day of shooting. Footage from the second day was shot by sound man Wim Geuzendam using […]



A homage if I ever saw one (or would that be “rip-off”?)


Spot the difference: Cameron Diaz in Richard Kelly’s upcoming The Box (2009) Nancy Allen in Brian De Palma’s Blow Out (1981)