Category Reviews

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 […]

A Man, A Plan, and A Baby

Hard Boiled (dir. John Woo, 1992) “Baby, I wish you were my baby” – Dudez A Plenti’ (one of the best Late Night sketches ever) The history of cinema is littered with spectacular on screen pairings. Whether it’s the wry chemistry of Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, the wary partnership of Robert Redford and Paul […]

Running on Empty

The Candidate (dir. Michael Ritchie, 1972) “I ascribe to Mark Twain’s theory that the last person who should be President is the one who wants it the most. The one who should be picked is the one who should be dragged kicking and screaming into the White House.” – Bill Hicks Welcome to a special Election 2012 […]

All the Little Devils are Proud of Hell

Wake in Fright (Dir. Ted Kotcheff, 1971) “What happened?” – Waitress “Well… I got involved.”- John Grant Wake in Fright is a truly bizarre film. It’s a brutal, unflinching portrait of a rural culture steeped in alcohol, violence and sexual repression. The film is so affecting that Martin Scorsese, the same guy who routinely has his characters beaten to death, called […]

The Outside Looking In

Blood In Blood Out (1993, Dir. Taylor Hackford) “Some want all the money, well,  Some want all the honey, yeah…Some want all the power, They wanna be the man of the hour” – Albert King, We All Wanna Boogie For the past year I’ve been working with a guy named Tony. He’s a Hispanic guy, […]

Hearts and Minds

Angel Heart (dir. Alan Parker 1987) You ever watch one of those films that when it’s over your only question is “How the hell did this get made?”.  Angel Heart is that film. It’s so visually overwhelming and blends so many different genres that you need more than one viewing just to take it all in. Needless […]

Beginner Spanish

The Spanish Prisoner (dir. David Mamet 1997) “Beware of all enterprises which require new clothes” – George Lang (played by Ricky Jay) quoting Thoreau ( I was glad to hear this quote because now I have some validation for wearing the same ill-fitting t-shirts since eighth grade.) Man, the 90’s just keep looking better and better don’t […]

Carlos (Don’t Let It Go To Your Head)

Carlos (dir. Olivier Assayas 2010) Six hours later I’m finally done with Carlos the miniseries! Man, it was a slog. And this is coming from a guy who loves Doctor Zhivago.  But I had to do it. Carlos is, after all, the film that beat The Social Network in Film Comment’s list of ten best films […]

Red Hot Dollars

For A Few Dollars More (dir. Sergio Leone 1965) “You never give me your money. You only give me your funny faces.” – Paul One day, when I was nine years old, my father came home with a gift basket he’d won at an office raffle. In the basket were the usual raffle-style knick knacks: […]