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 […]

The Best Films of 2015 “It’s no longer enough to tell a story, because television does it—not better, but more, and more easily. The power of the cinema remains undiminished, but few of the directors of this year’s run of “prestige” releases make much use of it……. The greatness of images isn’t in the coherence […]

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 […]

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 […]

(Favorite poster of the year. “Turn off all the lights. I want to see what it looks like from the street!”) “I am easily moved to tears and rarely survive a visit to the cinema without shedding them, racked, as I am, by the most perfunctory, meretricious or even callously sentimental attempts at poignancy (something […]

 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 […]

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 […]

 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 […]

  Mission Accomplished: James Woods as Lester Diamond in Casino (dir. Martin Scorsese, 1995) “A friend once told me, “People who live in bad neighborhoods love James Woods.” – Gavin Smith writing in Film Comment Casino, Martin Scorsese’s 1995 Las Vegas opus, recounts the rise and fall of Ace Rothstein (Robert Deniro). It’s the story of a […]

(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 […]