Tag Archives: Cinema

The Best Films of 2021

“Movies, unlike branded entertainment, need to live in the world, not just on personal devices…because while we’re talking about infrastructure, we are also talking about pleasure — the pleasure of the cinematic object, and the pleasure of your company and conversation. It’s frustrating that people keep writing lazy obituaries for cinema, something they have no […]

The Year of Living Dangerously

The Year of Living Dangerously (dir. Peter Weir, 1984) “In focus, it’s pornography. Out of focus, it’s art.” – Billy Kwan played by Linda Hunt “As with all these movies, casting is the biggest rewrite.” – Pete Weir “That’s a story you journos don’t want to tell.”“Nobody wants to hear it.”“Tell them anyway.” – Billy […]

Against All Odds

Against All Odds (dir. Taylor Hackford, 1984) “If you’re playing a king in a movie and nobody treats you like a king, well, then you ain’t a king. Same goes for being an alien in a movie too.” – Jeff Bridges on acting “A righteously generically American film movement that exposited one great theme, and […]

The Best Films of 2020

“The history of cinema is in part an anthology of premature obituaries. Sound, color, television, the suburbs, the VCR, the internet — they were all going to kill off moviegoing, and none succeeded. Cultural forms, and the social and private rituals that sustain them, have a way of outlasting their funerals. How many times have […]

The Best Films of 2019

“Relentless normalcy is boring. Bring on the divas with their superstitions and quirks and strange routines.” –Ruth Graham  “If I had to say the single biggest contributor to people preferring to watch things on Netflix versus going to theaters, it’s that the theaters nickel and dime on bulbs….more than 60 percent of American theaters are […]

Running On Empty

  Running on Empty (dir. Sidney Lumet, 1988) “but I’ve done three movies, Daniel, Running on Empty, and Family Business, that are thematically the same thing—the cost that others pay for one’s passions—and I only recognized this afterwards…. Any deep emotional commitment on the part of the parents is going to cost something… not just […]

The Best Films of 2018

(If 2018 was missing anything, it was a singularly great poster. But this one, from The Favourite, with its lilliputian Weisz and Stone is close.) “There are people who talk about the American cinema of the ‘70s as some halcyon period… It was to a degree but not because there were any more talented filmmakers. There’s […]

The Best Films of 2017

  (My favorite poster of the year. I love the motion of Moonee, almost leaping out of frame.) The Best Films of 2017 “There are only two places left that come with an excuse for being unreachable—the shower and the movies. “Sorry, I was in the shower” or “Sorry, I was in a movie.” USE […]

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 […]

Best of 2016

(Best poster of the year. I’d like to see just the torn out piece in a sister poster.) “He’d brought along “Michael,” a recent release, but twenty minutes after popping it into the VCR he got bored and switched to an old favorite, a Jean Claude Van Damme slugfest called “Bloodsport,” which he pronounced “an […]