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Author Steve Erickson

  • Steve Erickson

    Writer-at-Large/Film

    Erickson is the author of ten books, including 2007’s critically acclaimed novel Zeroville. He teaches at CalArts and is editor of Black Clock, the school’s literary journal. Erickson has written for Esquire, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times Magazine. The film critic for Los Angeles magazine since 2001, he’s received five city and regional magazine awards. His Web site is steveerickson.org.

 

The Essential Movie Library #75: The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Infused by a six year-old girl's perspective, this film is distinguished by the secrets it keeps from us: affairs, eternity and faith quandaries, and the exhaustion of innocence Read more...

Topanga Canyon

There’s nothing quite like living in a canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains. Novelist Steve Erickson on why his neighborhood, Topanga, stands apart from the rest Read more...

The Essential Movie Library #74: Sexy Beast (2000)

This film tells the story of a retired gangster living the dream in Spain, sunbathing by his pool when an unexpected disruption from his criminal past comes rolling through Read more...

Never Land

How a failed attempt to film Dune became the stuff of myth and a huge influence on movies to come Read more...

The Essential Movie Library #73: Groundhog Day (1993)

Bill Murray plays a misanthropic weatherman who finds himself caught in the loop of a single day lived over and over and over in a small town he despises until he gets his life right Read more...

The Essential Movie Library #72: Rear Window (1954)

An immobile photographer spies on his neighbors and discovers that sometimes watching will get you in a lot of trouble in this Hitchcock classic Read more...

The Essential Movie Library #71: The 400 Blows (1959)

Francois Truffaut's revelatory film creates the perfect union of a personal statement and the French Nouvelle Vague’s conceptual considerations Read more...

The Essential Movie Library #70: Blue Velvet (1986)

When Kyle MacLachlan comes home following a family crisis, innocence collides with sex’s corruptive force and malevolence in this surrealistic David Lynch film Read more...

The Essential Movie Library #69: Dr. Strangelove (1964)

The film is replete with a memorable performance by Sterling Hayden as an air force general who’s lost his marbles in this satire of nuclear holocaust Read more...

The Essential Movie Library #68: Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Antonio supports his family with a much coveted job bicycling around the city to post flyers for American movies, and upon the bicycle's theft the man and his son journey to reclaim it. Read more...

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