MASSIVE SPOILERS LIE AHEAD!
AND THAT’S NO JOKE!Continue reading “Joker Is Nothing But A Big—”
I’ll keep this short:
- It’s a masterpiece.
- All the controversy surrounding its release – incel triggering and/or otherwise – is laughable.
- My faith in Hollywood’s ability to create magic has been restored.
- I wish I could have attended its Cannes premier so I could have participated in the 8-minute standing ovation it received at the conclusion of its showing.
- If, at a minimum, it, Todd Phillips, and Joaquin Phoenix don’t win all major awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor respectively, then the awards are completely irrelevant.
And by decent I mean kickass…
But that’s what one should expect with a Claire Denis production, non?
Oui.Continue reading “Had to stream my way to France to finally get me some decent Neo Noir”
But Arthouse Horror Films are, if you’d excuse the vernacular…
Off the mother fn nutty hook, yo.
And thank god for that.
Been on an arthouse horror film binge lately from a dire and desperate need (yeah, I like redundancies so what of it?) to clear the palate of that rancid franchise aftertaste.
Watched this lovely gem last night and I hope someday when I grow up I will be able to create something so horror(-fully?)(-ibly?) masterful…Continue reading “Arthouse Films in general are nutty…”
I was going to write my own review for the meandering mess of a movie called Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but after yesterday’s disaster of a review I just didn’t have the heart… or pain tolerance… to write another one so soon. And let’s face it, you know and I know writing reviews isn’t exactly my forte, so…
Instead I decided to reblog for your entertainment and instruction this wonderfully written and compelling review of the flick written by popular film critic Mark Hobin of Fast Film Reviews. It’s a wonderfully written and compelling review that also happens to mirror my sentiments of the faulty flick near spot on.
Read, heed, and enjoy…
A new Quentin Tarantino film is an event. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has been billed as his ninth picture. So apparently Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2 are now considered one film. The auteur has declared his plans to retire after he has made 10 total. Much of the critical establishment has worshiped at the altar of this much-lauded filmmaker. Personally, I haven’t always been a fan of the way he succumbs to his excessive impulses. His last production, The Hateful Eight, was a mean-spirited tale of truly reprehensible individuals. To its credit, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is decidedly more good-natured. It’s a tale that longs for a bygone era. But that isn’t for the Golden Age of directors like William Wyler, Frank Capra, and George Cukor. No Tarantino reveres the men of 1960s Hollywood like Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone and John Sturges who made…
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BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO
FILM | MOVIE | BRITISH | HORROR
WRITER: PETER STRICKLAND
DIRECTOR: PETER STRICKLAND
STARRING: TOBY JONES
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RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
If Kafka were to have written movies…
He would have written a movie like Berberian Sound Studio.
Now if you know me, you know that calling a movie Kafkaesque, and calling this movie Kafkaesque is an understatement, is all I really need to say about it since, you know me, I am pretty much a slave to anything ol’ Franz has put to paper.
But I’m also a slave to the word count so, for the sake of it, I guess I should say a few things more.Continue reading “BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO — A Review of Sorts”
I would appoint a very select and trusted group of high-level advisors who were each intimately familiar with my intellectual and creative sensibilities and desires and whose sole purpose would be to continually study and field test all germane and pertaining resources and outlets so that they could come to a consensus among themselves and make their recommendation to me no later than 8:00 pm each day as to what movie or TV show I should view for the evening.
If only I were the ruling megalomaniac of the world…
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So, I’m reblogging this Midsommar movie review by Michael Van Zanten (cool name) for two reasons…
The first reason is because it is a very will-written and informative review for a movie that I am very interested in seeing.
The second reason is because Michael, the author of the review, regards the director Ari Aster as an “auteur” — high praise indeed — and I wonder, can a director who has released only two feature films, with the second only being just released and still yet mostly unseen by the general movie going public, be deserving of such high praise as auteur?
My instincts tell me no, that two movies aren’t enough to put him up there with the likes of the greats such as Wells, Kubrick, Bigelow, Lee, Hitchcock, Kurosawa and others who truly were/are the auteurs – the authors – of the movies they created.
But to me a director is not deserving of the honor just for having such an influence on his or her own movies. To me, he or she must have such an influence on the entire industry.
But that’s just my opinion and what do I know? I’m just an old guy probably a bit too suspicious of the present and far too overprotective of the past…
But seriously, go ahead and check out this review of Michael’s I’m reblogging here and all the other reviews of his. He has a great site.
Horror has a new name, and that name is Ari Aster. After possessing the minds of Sundance-goers with his unsettling directorial debut Hereditary in 2018, the auteur’s breakout hit enjoyed a wide release under A24 and turned out to be the most profitable release ever under the label. Now only one year later, A24 is banking on the director once again to disturb viewers with Midsommar, Aster’s horrific follow-up centered on a Swedish Pagan death cult. Midsommar definitely isn’t for everyone, but it’s a magnificent and refined piece of distressing cinema, and further evidence the genre has a new king.
Unleashed to unsuspecting theater patrons in June of last year, Hereditary shunned popular horror conventions in favor of scares that were more psychological in nature. While there were still instances of common genre tropes such as Ouija boards and demonic possession, they were present in a script that was…
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I was a month and seventeen days shy of my fourth birthday when Easy Rider premiered fifty years ago yesterday, so, unfortunately, I cannot provide any personal insight of the actual groundbreaking event.
In fact, it would be another twenty years or so until I finally saw the flick.
And then another thirty years or so would pass until I at last watched it again…
Which brings us to yesterday when I watched it in honor of its golden anniversary.
But it’s not like I’m a fanboy of the flick or anything…Continue reading “Born to Be… #EasyRider50”
Well, after a long, sometimes arduous, journey beginning way back in the summer of 2015, my vessel of a short film LEAVE – based upon my short story of the same name – has found its homeport at Amazon Prime and is now available to be viewed for free by all… provided you are either a U.S. or U.K. Prime subscriber. If not, then it will cost you a mere buck/pound or two to watch it.