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Movie News - Week of 10/21 I skipped last week because, honestly, nothing popped up that really interested me. There's stuff this week, though. News that Caught my Eye Francis Ford Coppola’s Slam on Marvel Films Fuels Debate Sparked by Martin Scorsese I think Coppola takes the criticism too far here. I think Scorsese struck… Continue reading Movie News – Week of 10/21
The title to this movie is so utterly perfect, much like the rest of the film. In terms of straight entertainment, I find Alien to be a pinnacle of tension building terror in film. It's one of the most thoroughly entertaining horror movies ever made. I love Ridley Scott, I call myself a Ridley Scott… Continue reading Alien
Welcome to 1977, David. Everyone else has known that this movie was insane nonsense for more than 40 years, and you just found out. Time to tell the world! Watch this and Zardoz and tell me the John Boorman is anything other than a crazy person. Read about his proposed adaptation of The Lord of… Continue reading Exorcist II: The Heretic
(I started writing reviews of the Criterion Collection Bergman films with Wild Strawberries, having missed the first three films. This is the second part of the rectification.) Ingmar Bergman's first movie has a handful of charms, but it's ultimately an unfocused bit of over-assured storytelling that never comes together. It's the work of a young artist… Continue reading Crisis
13 movies. Not 10. I'm five for five! Anyway, here's my latest offering to the listicle gods. Stanley Kubrick's complete filmography. Kubrick's canon, those movies that he laid authorship on, was actually only 10 movies. They excluded Fear and Desire, Killer's Kiss, and Spartacus. But you know that 10 movies is just simply unacceptable. Kubrick's… Continue reading Stanley Kubrick: The Definitive Ranking
#6 in my Ranking of Stanley Kubrick films. This might be the best approximation to the experience of a dream in film. Dreams are hard to realize because they don't follow a lot of the basic rules of logic and storytelling we're used to. The only other movie I can think of that works this successfully… Continue reading Eyes Wide Shut
#9 in my Ranking of Stanley Kubrick films. I can imagine myself in a few years wondering, "What did I think of that one movie?" I would pull up the blog, do a quick search, find the review, and be refreshed with my attempts at insight. My opinion that day would be reinforced by the opinion… Continue reading Full Metal Jacket