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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 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 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 […]

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 […]