Tag Archives: Rock n’ Roll

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 […]

R.I.P. Kim’s Video

  (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 […]

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) – […]

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 […]

The Outside Looking In

Blood In Blood Out (1993, Dir. Taylor Hackford) “Some want all the money, well,  Some want all the honey, yeah…Some want all the power, They wanna be the man of the hour” – Albert King, We All Wanna Boogie For the past year I’ve been working with a guy named Tony. He’s a Hispanic guy, […]

Beginner Spanish

The Spanish Prisoner (dir. David Mamet 1997) “Beware of all enterprises which require new clothes” – George Lang (played by Ricky Jay) quoting Thoreau ( I was glad to hear this quote because now I have some validation for wearing the same ill-fitting t-shirts since eighth grade.) Man, the 90’s just keep looking better and better don’t […]

Red Hot Dollars

For A Few Dollars More (dir. Sergio Leone 1965) “You never give me your money. You only give me your funny faces.” – Paul One day, when I was nine years old, my father came home with a gift basket he’d won at an office raffle. In the basket were the usual raffle-style knick knacks: […]