The best decade of movies managed to last fifteen years, from ’67 to ’82. It was a decade-plus of grim realism, anti-heroes, dark endings, and plotless character studies that existed […]
When I first saw Being John Malkovich in ’99, I felt as though my brain had been violated in the same way Malkovich’s was in the movie. It was as […]
The best thing anyone ever said about the Oscars was said by George C. Scott, who put it thus: “The ceremonies are a two-hour meat parade, a public display with […]
You’re watching a movie and a character in it strikes a particular pose. Or maybe the way the camera frames the scene, or a few elements of the production design, […]
A young man. A tiger. A small lifeboat. As the premise for a film, it’s intriguing. One simply must wonder: just how full of tiger poop can this thing get before it sinks?
How does a group of filmmakers present something—a story, or an idea, or even just bald events—and let the audience find their own meaning in ambiguity?
Decasia (’02) is a trip. Far be it from me to promote or even suggest the smoking of a certain plant, but if that’s the sort of thing you enjoy, […]
If you have children—or know some children—and you don’t want them to grow up to be sniveling little toady rats, here’s my advice: set their heads in front of Time Bandits and watch their brains explode with potential.
Wind blows dust and leaves through a small Texas town. Everything is fading, everything is dying. Cracked, dirty windows obscure the view. The pool hall is empty, its screen door […]
I went to see Zero Dark Thirty on Friday with the Supreme Being. Since then, he’s written an excellently insightful review of what director Kathryn Bigelow did with the film. I’ve […]
Zero Dark Thirty is being praised to the high heavens for its “journalistic” and “realistic” take on the hunt for and killing of Osama Bin Laden, terms film critics use […]
Seems like these days you can’t throw a rock at the internet without knocking Quentin Tarantino’s dick out of someone’s mouth. The arguments raging on movie nerd sites range all […]
What can be intelligently said about Django Unchained? If we leave aside all of the fanboy love and the howls of the haters, what sense remains? Is this what you […]
William Friedkin has always been drawn to intense violence. One presumes this isn’t limited to his movies. He was a notorious asshole among assholes in the ‘70s, a decade marked […]