Ingmar Bergman was one of the greatest of filmmakers. He stands next to the likes of Orson Welles, John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, and Jean Renoir as the titans of the art form. He made some of the most iconic images in cinema of the 20th century, and now I'm… Continue reading Ingmar Bergman – A Retrospective
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
Airplane! is a few years older than I am, so I never saw it in its initial run and most of the cultural references it makes go way over my head. Did I ever see the exact coffee commercial that they play off of? Did I ever watch Leave It to Beaver? Did I know… Continue reading Airplane!
So, let's talk about a movie no one remembers because it was pretty derisively received by critics and largely ignored by audiences: Ridley Scott's Robin Hood! I can feel the excitement! I bring it up because I think that when trying to talk about a director's work, it's a bit easier to focus on something… Continue reading Robin Hood
As far as I can tell, there are two kinds of important films. The first are topically important films. These are movies that touch on contemporary issues and are mean to affect the collective consciousness of the audience. The second are historically important films. These are movies that have gained renown for something about their… Continue reading Important Films
When watching a movie, sometimes you must make a distinction between the movie that's actually delivered and the movie you wanted. Let me start with a television example. Star Trek Voyager is the most mishandled series of the franchise. It begins with a Federation ship finding itself on the far side of the galaxy from… Continue reading Broken Promises
A few months back I went through the entirety of Stanley Kubrick's filmography in about two weeks. It was a wonderful experience since I love the man's movie's so much. But that experience birthed an idea in my mind that germinated for months until I finally followed through on it last week. I rewatched A.I.… Continue reading A.I. Artificial Intelligence