I love Terry Gilliam as a filmmaker. He’s talented enough technically, adept enough narratively, and singular enough visually to really stand out amongst his peers, despite only having thirteen feature films to his name (one of which is a co-director’s credit). Starting in animation, moving to television comedy with Monty Python, and then using that… Continue reading Terry Gilliam
There is nothing more vicious or stupid than an argument about taste, and that’s exactly what Martin Scorsese gave the world when he tried to watch a Marvel movie, gave up, and told the press that he didn’t think they were cinema, saying they were more like roller coaster rides. Cue outrage from just about… Continue reading Slap Fight!
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