Author Archives: Grain&Noise

Westworld Ho!

Westworld (dir. Michael Crichton, 1973) “She can not love you. You are neither flesh nor blood. You are not a dog or a cat or a canary. You were designed and built specific like the rest of us. And you are alone now only because they tired of you or replaced you with a younger […]

Best of 2013

(Far and away the best poster of the year. Like a demented Hitchcock profile) “One of the things that’s wrong with pictures today, I think, is that so many of the people making them started out wanting to.”  – Peter Bogdanovich “There is a language that can only be conveyed through cinema. I think most […]

Gravity

Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuarón, 2013) “I did three 3D films and every one of them was directed by a one eyed director. Now figure that out. Is that Hollywood?” – Lee Marvin “Where is everybody?” – Enrico Fermi Gravity is not a perfect story, nor are it’s character’s perfectly drawn, hell, even it’s rules of space […]

Curtis and Lancaster in Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success (dir. Alexander Mackendrick, 1957) It’s hard to write a positive review. But it’s doubly hard to write a positive review on the internet. Not only do you have a shroud of anonymity which compels you toward negativity, it’s also tough to put  the right inflection into text. So when I write […]

Class Act

Class of 1984 (dir. Mark Lester, 1982) “Last year there were 280,000 incidents of violence by students against their teachers and classmates in our high schools. Unfortunately, this film is based on true events. Fortunately, very few schools are like Lincoln High…yet.” (I feel like this last bit should be followed by a spooky laugh) – […]

For Every Car, There Is Dirt

(This poster is not a good representation of the style or tone of Scarecrow, but it was was too cool to pass up. Watch the trailer instead and you’ll get a better idea) Scarecrow (Dir. Jerry Schatzberg, 1973) “What is the source of our first suffering? It lies in the fact that we hesitated to speak. […]

Parallax View

(Isn’t this poster awesome!? A little Mad Men-esque right? I found it online but I don’t think it’s legitimate.) The Parallax View (Dir. Alan J. Paukula, 1975) “That’s awful. I don’t care what your politics are, this is America. You don’t just shoot the president.” – Trudy Campbell “You’ve gotta feel it man, otherwise it’s […]

A Chance to Reflect

Reflections In A Golden Eye (Dir. John Huston, 1967) “You love me for me, could you be more phony?” – Kanye West When someone mentions the year 1967 it immediately calls to mind a very specific set of images. 1967 was, after all, the “Summer of Love” so naturally I think of hippies, Jimi Hendrix, long hair, bright […]

Tickle Me Elmo

St. Elmo’s Fire (Dir. Joel Schumacher, 1985) “Sometimes I think that the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever and wherever I want” – Ryan Gosling Is it too obvious to point out that the first twenty years or so of a middle class American’s life […]

Get Smart

Street Smart (dir. Jerry Schatzberg, 1987) “But you don’t love me, that’s news to me” – Foxygen So, the Super Bowl is this Sunday and while I don’t really have a dog in the fight (bad analogy I know given…), it did make me realize that this post does have some connection to the big […]