Seriously, buy it now. Or else...
My first viewing of Jackie Brown, years ago, confused me. I was expecting time jumps, and I kept asking myself when things were happening. I was trying to rearrange a movie that needed to rearranging. I mention that uninteresting anecdote because it speaks to the interesting, slightly out of step, place Jackie Brown holds in… Continue reading Jackie Brown
I think it's really funny that Tim Burton made a movie about how much he hates Disney, and he got Disney to produce and distribute it. I don't know how else to read the subtext of this film. Following in the drunken footsteps of Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Cinderella, and others, Disney… Continue reading Dumbo (2019)
Much like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction works so well because of its structure. In Tarantino's freshman effort, he used the out of time elements to break up the one set monotony and provide lighter tonal moments here and there. In Pulp Fiction, it's used at the behest of thematic material, and I think it works… Continue reading Pulp Fiction
The thing that makes this movie work at all is its structure. I can imagine this same movie arranged chronologically and it would be a slog. It doesn't help that it was obviously written with this structure in mind, but even taking that into account, the second half would be just too much. It really… Continue reading Reservoir Dogs
In a village suffused with poverty and strife, one family tries to survive a year while the matriarch in her sixty-ninth year begins to contemplate making the expected climb up Narayama where the old go to die. Life in the village is brutish and cruel in the faceless ways of nature that turn men savage.… Continue reading The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
The future of home video is bleak. Well, mostly bleak. There's one very bright spot, but it's pretty much all bleak beyond that. Movie theaters will always exist, but they've already become carnival attractions for the newest large corporate product. It's rare for something that's not tied to some previously established property to get a… Continue reading The Future of Home Video
Again, not a Top Ten. It's a Top Seventeen. So, I'm good. As I came to the end of the Criterion Collection's box set, I realized that I had written a lot of 4-star reviews. I went back and counted, and there are seventeen of them. Seventeen of thirty-nine films received 4-star reviews. That's incredible.… Continue reading Ingmar Bergman’s Best Movies Ranked: The Definitive Ranking