(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 […]

  (This is one of the first films I purchased at Kim’s Video. It’s a masterpiece. And the rare film where the trailer is as good, if not better, than the film itself. Honestly, it’s my favorite trailer of all time, right above The Social Network. In fact I was disappointed to see Trouble Man’s […]

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 […]

3 Days of the Condor (1975, dir. Sydney Pollack) “There was nothing explicit between them, nothing more than a slightly open door. And yet…what could be more alluring?” – Jess Walter “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that […]

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 […]