Category Reviews

The Beguiled

The Beguiled (1971, dir. Don Siegel) “You mean I shoot him in the back?”   “Yeah, you get rid of him.” “I don’t shoot anyone in the back.” “….Clint Eastwood would shoot him in the back.”  – Don Siegel directing a scene with John Wayne in The Shootist   When it was announced that Sophia Coppola’s […]

Alien Nation

Alien Nation (1988, dir. Graham Baker) “We are not the same. I am a martian.” – Lil Wayne “Why the fuck… Why would you bring up that?” – James Caan when asked by the AV Club about his role in Alien Nation “Detect this!” – Detective Sykes (James Caan) as he throws a fellow detective’s keys […]

Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon (dir. Michael Cimino, 1985) “They’d have to get three actors to play me because two of them would die.” – Mickey Rourke when asked about his Biopic “Well, I guess if you fight a war long enough, you end up marrying the enemy.” – Oliver Stone’s original final line for Year […]

Single. White. Female.

Single White Female (dir. Barbet Schroeder, 1992) “Nothing more important… than to know… someone’s listening” – Wilco “Probably the best metaphor for the State was sexual obsession. An absorbing parallel world, a clandestine organizing principle. Men moved mountains for the sake of a few muscle contractions in the dark.” – Jonathan Franzen We’ve all had […]

Tangled Up in Blue

Devil in a Blue Dress ( 1995, dir. Carl Franklin) “In a very good mystery, the detective comes into question and the investigator is forced to face his, or her, own prejudices, expectations and limitations. In a great mystery, we find that the crime being investigated reveals a deeper rot.” – Walter Mosley “The most […]

Wolf

 Wolf (dir. Mike Nichols, 1994) “They looked at each other bleakly, and laughed. Then they announced—they admitted—what weighed on them. It was the innocence of these husbands—the hearty, decent, firm, contented innocence. That is a wearying and finally discouraging thing. It makes intimacy a chore.” – Alice Monroe  “Mike Nichols has chosen to do things […]

Livin’ On The Edge

The Edge (dir. Lee Tamahori, 1997) “You’re thoughts have a kind of Eastern flavor to them…”  “Well, I’ve lived in New Jersey my whole life.” – The Sopranos “The Edge has been criticized for his efforts to build five luxury mansions on a 156 acre plot of land in Malibu, California” – Wikipedia entry on […]

Don’t Hate The Player. Hate The Game.

 The Game (dir. David Fincher, 1997) “I’d would rather, I would rather go blind, boy, than to see you walk away from me.” –Etta James “Some people think that if their opponent plays a beautiful game, it’s OK to lose. I don’t. You have to be merciless.” – Magnus Carlsen (23 year old Norwegian Chess […]

Queen Margot At The Wedding

(Incredible poster right?! Now check out the U.S. version of the Queen Margot poster. Not even close.) Queen Margot (dir. Patrice Chereau,1994) “Frontiersman were never afraid of poetry. It was Big Business with its fear of femininity, it was the eunuchoid clergy capitulating to vulgar masculinity that made religion and art sissy things.” – Saul Bellow Like many […]

Under the Skin

Under the Skin (dir. Johnathan Glazer, 2014) “I’m only human, baby. Won’t you forgive me for that?” – Luther Vandross (one of the great R&B vocalists and creator of the most American piece of food since apple pie, the LUTHER BURGER) “The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that […]