Samurai Rebellion – 1967 Kobayashi

It’s the 3rd archiveable (and very impressive) film I’ve seen from Kobayashi—we have Harakiri in 1962 and Kwaidan in 1964 From the opening credits you know this is an artistic work—we have multiple shots of

Boogie Nights – 1997 P.T. Anderson

Though it’s not P.T. Anderson’s true debut (Hard Eight), Boogie Nights marks the inauguration of a nearly unrivaled cinematic talent In my 1997 review I called it a “sonic boom”— there’s such electricity and energy in the

It’s a Wonderful Life – 1946 Capra

It’s pure cinematic transcendence in narrative, acting and writing—that much is clear and inarguable. I think though, this viewing has taught me what a doggedly formal work it is so I’ve taken it to another

A Christmas Story – 1983 Bob Clark

The film brilliantly blends five things: It’s cynical and nostalgic at the same time which is incredibly hard to pull off. Jean Shepherd’s deft wordplay (the voice over- which he also does the voice of)

Black Christmas – 1974 Bob Clark

I was very impressed with the film aside from some awful scenes of attempted broad comedy (in otherwise a pretty straight horror) with Marian Waldman as Mrs. Mac Great POV opening that could’ve been in

Darkest Hour – 2017 Joe Wright

There are really two stories here: Wright and Oldman-- For Oldman it’s a massive triumph. He completely disappears as Winston Churchill and, instantly, puts himself above other actors who have played him (Finney, Spall, Gleeson,

The 3 Penny Opera – 1931 Pabst

I’m not overly familiar with Brechtian style so have to do my best here to analyze the film based on my cinema knowledge. I do know that Brecht believed in the distancing effect—or the alienation/estrangement

Creature from the Black Lagoon – 1954 Arnold

B-movie budget 50’s sci-fi—not high production values and the acting, typical of Arnold’s films, is a little wooden—but I thought it was intelligent and, unlike many films in this genre from the era, not overly

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 2017 Rian Johnson

I’m excited to see it again because I had mixed reactions to different parts of the film upon first viewing. I thought, by and large, the first 60-90 minutes were pretty mediocre but thought the

Zodiac – 2007 Fincher

A masterpiece of both narrative and visual brilliance A rich study in obsession—clearly influenced by the grittier 1970’s American New Wave cinema—like Lumet, Pakula and Coppola’s the conversation. At the very end a character tells Gyllenhaal

Pandora’s Box – 1929 Pabst

Pabst’s film features an enthralling narrative and rich characterizations Louise Brooks and her tragic character, Lulu, are/were so influential to the time and to cinema lore (see films and outright homages by Tarantino (hair by

The Bishop’s Wife – 1947 Koster

It’s right on the fringes of the archives for me. Cary Grant and Loretta Young are very good it in Apparently Grant switched roles with Niven—and thank God- unless it was an entirely different movie

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