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 […]

(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 (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 […]

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 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) – […]