As yuletide approaches; again in the mood
To muse on a classic with rhyming imbued.
Topical chatter of tricks from the Kremlin,
Led me to pine for a re-watch of Gremlins
A walk through the backstreets of old Chinatown
Leads us to a shop umpteen steps underground
Dad Randall Pentzer; an inventor by trade
In search of a gift, or a way to get paid
In a small gallery of all things unique
He promotes bathroom buddy; groomer for geeks…
I was the right age in the late '80s and early '90s for most of Hollywood's attempts at The Big Summer Movie. In those years I left infancy behind and began to creep towards puberty meaning that films like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Dick Tracy, Batman, Batman Returns and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves were all 'must see' movies for me during the long six weeks off from school.
The big movie of 1991 proved to be the…
JURASSIC WORLD is to the Hollywood blockbuster what FUNNY GAMES was to the horror/thriller film.
While Trevorrow's film is a novel idea, it's certainly not wholly unprecedented--Zack Snyder and Marc Forster attempted similar experiments with SUCKER PUNCH and QUANTUM OF SOLACE, both movies beloved by me but that failed to connect with audiences, as their Distancing Effect proved too great a burden for audiences to bear (in the latter example particularly, Forster's formal radicalism was mistaken for ineptitude). Trevorrow overcomes…
It's hard to pass up on a film featuring the Old West, Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins and cannibalistic troglodytes. I mean when will this opportunity ever present itself again in the history of film? This is reason alone to give Bone Tomahawk a look.
But be warned.
In addition to an ensemble that is totally bizarre but surprisingly great, Bone Tomahawk also contains some stomach turning violence and little spurts of intense action that almost make up for its rather…
There's nothing really great here. All the acting is steadily impressive, with Jenkins being a standout. The cinematography was more intimate than most westerns, which I appreciated, though I suppose this, ultimately, isn't like "most westerns." Though its heaviest attempt to convince anyone that is not like most westerns almost falls completely flat on its face. Some really terrible stuff in this as well.
the flea circus is real
Letterboxd does it again.
Bone Tomahawk wasn’t on either my or Lise’s radar ( read, pretty much nothing is ever on my radar, and Lise does all the work ). But, we both kept seeing big stars and glanced at fragments of superlatives scrolling through our Letterboxd feeds.
After a predictably less than electrifying Oscar run-up watch regiment, and a letdown with our biggest hope, Carol, we were hungry for a gem.
Well hot damn! While I could extoll the…
There are several reasons why Bone Tomahawk is a remarkable film but I just wonder if the most remarkable thing about it is going to get the acknowledgement it deserves.
This is, after all, a film starring Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins, among others, and yet the best performance in the film is by Matthew Fox. MATTHEW FOX. I don't really think that was supposed to happen. But clearly, when director S. Craig Zahler (goddammit, I hate people who have…
It's interesting how pop culture can appropriate a film scene and turn it into something that would appear to have lost its initial power.
Over the course of the past 40-odd years, the scene in question is something that has become one of those shocking incidents that has been appropriated into often humorous situations or references. There's nothing sinister behind it and, indeed, there's nothing necessarily wrong with it.
Yet with many scenes that have been subject to this treatment,…
In college I was blessed with a great professor that wasn't just great at teaching within the boundaries of the classroom, but was also a fantastic mentor outside of it. For most of my 4.5 years I stuck close to him, attempting to get the most out of his wisdom that didn't just feed me information but also encouraged critical thought. Perhaps the best thing he ever taught me was the "So what?" principle. The premise was simple: Any work…
2001 impressions; 2016 edition
Part of Lise's Hal's Birthday Watch
I’m quite pumped for this viewing.
This 'impression' is much longer than I originally thought it would be. If you’re going to venture through, I suggest you pack a picnic lunch.
A few weeks previous, my sweetie gave me Sir Cristopher Frayling, Professor Emeritus at the Royal College of Art’s latest book, The 2001 File ( after obvious hinting, including direct e.mail of the URL to the book on Amazon…
I think it would be remiss of me if I didn't start this review talking about the incredible cast in Enemy Of The State.
It's one of those rare films that seeks to impress people, like me, who cannot resist a great cast by having high quality and respected character actors in little more than cameos and on several occasions not even bothering to credit them. Any film that has uncredited performances by Philip Baker Hall, Tom Sizemore and Jason…
EDIT: Please disregard the below review, I was clearly suffering from a momentary lapse of taste. Saw it the following day and loved it.
With the somewhat exception of Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, which are good enough to get away with it, I have a reliable rule when it comes to Miyazaki. The bigger, busier, more populated, more mechanised a Miyazaki, the less I tend to like it, and the rollicking chase yarn Castle in the Sky was…