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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 […]

Alien Nation

Alien Nation (1988, dir. Graham Baker) “We are not the same. I am a martian.” – Lil Wayne “Why the fuck… Why would you bring up that?” – James Caan when asked by the AV Club about his role in Alien Nation “Detect this!” – Detective Sykes (James Caan) as he throws a fellow detective’s keys […]

The Best of 2015

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 […]

The Best of 2014

(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 […]

Best of 2013

(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 […]

Class Act

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) – […]

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 […]

Looking for Looking for Mr. Goodbar

Looking for Mr. Goodbar (Dir. Richard Brooks 1977) “The joy of discovery is certainly the liveliest that the mind of man can ever feel.” – Claude Bernard  So I mentioned last month that a lot of our film history has been completely lost due to lack of resources and poor preservation. But what I failed to explore in […]

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 […]