The kids are NOT all right (or alright, for that matter)

Posted by · 10:02 am · June 14th, 2010

This post is so unnecessary because it is an obvious lost cause. It really shouldn’t even be enough to get a rise, but in me, it just…does. You know, once upon a time the MTV Movie Awards (which are voted on publicly) actually seemed to reflect an edge in America’s youth. Think about it. “Terminator […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 Tarantino characters

Posted by · 12:31 pm · August 18th, 2009

It’s been over a month since we cranked out an installment of The Lists, but with Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” set for release on Friday, it seemed a good time to cook up a new collective. When most people praise Tarantino’s skill as a screenwriter, they tend to focus on his well-honed ear for dialogue.  […]

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Your ranked list of the 10 most influential films of all time

Posted by · 9:43 am · June 10th, 2009

And with that, our poll series comes to a screeching halt.  I’ve already offered some thoughts on how all of this turned out.  I hope readers unfamiliar with some of the films I’ve been harping on will take that to heart and at least seek them out.  You owe it to yourself as a film […]

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POLL: The most influential films of all time, round one, part five

Posted by · 11:01 am · May 13th, 2009

I’ve got family coming into town this afternoon, and since this week’s poll had three runaway winners in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Godfather” and “Pulp Fiction,” and I doubt three more hours will close the gap on the stragglers (poor “Jurassic Park”), I think it’s time for a new installment.  Next week will be […]

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Just the one, then?

Posted by · 2:48 am · May 5th, 2009

You may or may not have caught this piece on Quentin Tarantino in Sunday’s New York Times magazine. Overall, it’s a fairly flimsy Cannes-oriented interview that serves mainly as an accompaniment to some pretty pictures (very pretty, in the case of the Diane Kruger shots), but two of QT’s statements jumped out at me. In […]

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Could Woody Allen be a surprise Best Director nominee?

Posted by · 8:25 am · December 15th, 2008

In 1994, Woody Allen’s masterful “Bullets Over Broadway” was not really on anyone’s charts as a potential Oscar nominee. A very funny film about a playwright who enlists a gangster to help him bring life and reality to his play, it was one of Allen’s best works with hysterically funny performances from John Cusack, the […]

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And often, the Academy gets it right…

Posted by · 10:53 am · July 30th, 2008

As much as I rant about some of the bizarre choices made by the Academy, let’s be fair…there are times when they are right on the money. The AMPAS allowed for an embracing of the New American cinema with their awards for Best Picture and Best Director for “Midnight Cowboy” in 1969, and only they […]

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In Paris…

Posted by · 10:25 am · June 29th, 2008

…and I just finished a Royal with cheese: httpv://youtube.com/watch?v=SLtwFugudZE Also, I must have a “Le Chevalier Noir” poster.  MUST.  Pics to follow. Happy Sunday (and I swear the “Dark Knight’ chatter will die down around here soon).

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REVIEW: “The Last King of Scotland” (****)

Posted by · 11:26 am · September 2nd, 2006

Every so often a film comes along that is so celebratory of the filmmaking process and fresh in its approach to visually conveying a story that it creatively demolishes anything within earshot. “Metropolis” was an early example, as Fritz Lang opened up the world in front of the camera like no one before.  Arthur Penn’s […]

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