Tag Archives: Movies

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 […]

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 […]

Year of the Dragon

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 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 […]

Livin’ On The Edge

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 […]