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Mel Gibson decided to make an action movie in Mayan America, in Mayan. He really is a crazy person, and he's the exact kind of crazy person who should be getting tens of millions of dollars to make movies, because he took one of the weirdest ideas for a relatively large budgeted action movie and… Continue reading Apocalypto
Born from an idea to document some embroidery to commemorate Operation Overlord in World War II, Stuart Cooper's Overlord tells the story of the months leading up to the famed D-Day invasion from the very tight perspective of a single soldier, Tom. Intercut with extensive footage from the Imperial War Museum's archives, Cooper created a… Continue reading Overlord (1975)
Andrei Tarkovsky made seven feature films over his life, and they are all assured works of an artist in full command of his craft. He started here, though, with Ivan's Childhood, a small film (his shortest by far) based on a novella that Tarkovsky himself didn't like that recalls Stanley Kubrick's first film that was… Continue reading Ivan’s Childhood
Masaki Kobayashi was a great Japanese filmmaker who's been overshadowed by Akira Kurosawa over time. He worked in the samurai genre several times, much as Kurosawa did, but he was far more political. His work functioned as scathing critiques of contemporary Japanese life, in particular the propensity for people to set aside their own desires… Continue reading Samurai Rebellion
#15 in my ranking of Robert Zemeckis films. This feels like a return to an older style of storytelling for Robert Zemeckis. This is more in line with the manic early films of his career rather than the more maturely told movies he'd been making since the 90s. In another way, this also feels like… Continue reading The Witches (2020)