There's something about science fiction that really tries to mess with the audience's head that I really appreciate. These are stories that really try to create something different, something removed from our own experiences, that challenge some basic concept of perception. Part of doing that, I long ago figured, was tying these kinds of perception… Continue reading Stalker
Movies about the self can often become masturbatory exercises that actively work to exclude anyone not intimately familiar with the filmmaker's life. Thinking back to a poetry class in college, I remember a girl complaining that you had to have read a biography of Sylvia Plath to understand literally anything about her poems because they… Continue reading Mirror
Fresh off the uncomfortable release of Andrei Rublev (actually, in the middle of it since it didn't actually get an official Soviet release until 1973), Andrei Tarkovsky went safe. He chose to adapt the work of a popular Polish Soviet science fiction writer, Stanislaw Lem, and hoped that it would help his career. Despite working… Continue reading Solaris
#14 in my ranking of John Carpenter's films. Off of his musical compositions in Halloween, John Carpenter was offered the job to direct the television biopic of Elvis Presley's life from his childhood to the start of his 1970 Las Vegas tour that revitalized his career. Beset by several of the largest cliches of biopics… Continue reading Elvis
#16 in my ranking of John Carpenter's films. Made before Halloween but premiering on television a month afterwards, Someone's Watching Me is John Carpenter's tribute to Alfred Hitchcock. It seems like most directors born between the 40s and the 60s felt like Hitchcock's influence was so important to them that they all wanted to replicate… Continue reading Someone’s Watching Me!