Recent posts tagged movies


2022


Free Your Mind, Guy

Or at least, free your Guy, and the rest will follow. (On "Free Guy" and some thoughts related.)

2021


Canonical Criteria

Friends of mine and I were talking about the idea of a canon or pantheon of great movies, and how to select them. We had a fun debate about the criteria, and eventually I drew up a list.

Latent Images

Cult movies? In my UHD 4K format? It's more common than I thought it would be.

Plan B

What lessons there are to learn from Bad Movies We Love.

A Thing To Marvel At

The issue I have with tentpole franchise entertainment is not that it's unentertaining, but that it provides the wrong lessons for creators.

Dune (1984) [2021 review]

The mere fact that David Lynch's Dune was made at all, and in the Hollywood of the early 1980s to boot, is something of a miracle. Would that it was a better adaptation of the source material, or just a better movie, period.

Pi

Darren Aronofsky's ingenious micro-budget debut, twenty-plus years later, holds up better than some of his bigger-budgeted efforts

I Love Maria

A kooky example of science fiction from Hong Kong, a cinematic world that has relatively little SF to begin with.

The Matrix

Twenty years later, the Wachowskis' digital fable still stands tall, outliving the slickness of the moment and attempts to misappropriate it

Tenet

At the end of the day, it's just a fancy excuse to shoot a bunch of scenes in reverse.

Sexy Beast

Ben Kingsley as a frothing mad gangster is only the first of many pleasures in this sleeper-gem of a crime drama that's only gotten better with age

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

The film is worthy of the best kind of jealousy, the kind that makes you want to go out and do something just as visionary and overwhelming.

2020


Goodfellas

One of the greatest of American films generally, and certainly the most incisive and insightful one about the criminal life.

Pointblank

'At Close Range', 34 years later -- and on the telling of stories about those with doomed lives.

Blade Runner 2049

A blueprint for how to do the impossible -- namely, follow up a classic: give it to another artist of vision and stand back.

I Liked The Movie Better. No, Really.

Sometimes adapting something, as one form of remaking it, can do it a favor.

The Maltese Dafoe

Fantasy casting for a film that never was.

Still Waiting For Blu, 2020 Edition

Apropos of nothing. A rundown of some favorite movies of mine that have yet to enjoy a physical HD reissue.

The Burden Of Being Enthusiastic

I'm way behind on everything these days, and the biggest reason for that is there's just so much more of everything. But it's no crime to miss out, is it?

2019


Russell's Folly

Ken Russell's "The Devils": not quite bad enough to be funny. But still awful.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Fifty years later, one of the greatest films ever made has scarcely aged a day in the ways that matter

Big Ticket Items

More on popular culture as a bad model for creator culture.

The Last Great Special Effect

It's sheer human effort.

The Firstest With The Mostest

If remakes are trash, it's because the true potential of such a project is not the motive.

The True(r) Story

On the fictions of the "true story" style of moviemaking.


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