It's amazing what a solid script can do for a movie with no production design to speak of and that was filmed in two weeks. Panic in the Year Zero! was one of the first post-apocalyptic movies of the post-war scifi craze. It looks like it was meant to be just the bottom of a… Continue reading Panic in the Year Zero!
Out of all the movies in my top ten, this is probably the one that pops up most in others. It's been a staple of American cinema pretty much since its release and when it won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1942. It's well loved by nearly everyone who sees it, and I think… Continue reading Casablanca
#8 in my Ranking of Bergman's Best Films. Now we're hitting greatness. Summer with Monika feels like an extension of the ideas Bergman presented in Summer Interlude. Not only does the seasonal motif and structure remain, but Bergman offers a different ending to the season itself and continues beyond it more linearly. Harry meets Monika… Continue reading Summer with Monika
I've grown to love Fathom Events.
They should not have included the connection to Moby Dick. I thought it was just a marketing gimmick, but Herman Melville is a character and the impetus for the overall framing device. I imagine that it's true that Melville used the story of the "Essex" as partial inspiration for his grand opus (perhaps the greatest… Continue reading In the Heart of the Sea
What a wonderful series of movies. I missed the first movie in theaters and took forever to get around to seeing it. By that point, the movie had largely fallen off the cultural roadmap and I could watch it without any sense of hype. I absolutely loved it. I watched the second one as soon… Continue reading How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Apparently, William Ainsworth was quite the popular author back in his day, and after having read Windsor Castle, I can see both why he was popular and also why he has completely fallen out of favor. The book is filled with hallmarks of a bygone style. There are luscious (and nearly endless) descriptions of clothes,… Continue reading Windsor Castle by William Ainsworth