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Posts Tagged 'Film'

  1. Money, Madness, and Munchausen  • 
    The 20th anniversary edition of "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" delivers everything you expect in a Terry Gilliam film: visual surrealism, distrust of authority, antipathy to soulless reason, and a skewed sense of humor, plus an inside look at the Hollywood squabbling behind the movie.
  2. No Country for the Coen Brothers  • 
    An ordinary guy finds a suitcase full of thousand dollar bills. There’s no one around. Instead of going to the cops, the guy figures it’s his lucky day and takes the money. Which works just dandy until the big bad motherfuckers who own the suitcase decide to come looking for it. You’ve seen that film […]
  3. “Full Metal Jacket”: The Jungian Thing  • 
    Nobody seems to be paying attention to the fact that 2007 marks the 20th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket." Which is a shame, because "Full Metal Jacket" is one of the most meticulously crafted films of the past 20 years. I think it's damn near perfect.
  4. The End of Hollywood  • 
    In fact, in case you've missed this decade altogether, it's no secret that the entire Hollywood movie industry is dying. Why? Here are my reasons, and some of my prescriptions for Hollywood finding new relevance.
  5. “Alien”: In Space, No One Can Hear You Screw Your Employees  • 
    Riley Scott's "Alien," while a great space/horror movie, is really a film about the exploitation of blue-collar workers.
  6. “Return of the Jedi”: A Postscript  • 
    My tale of seeing Return of the Jedi for the first time in 1983 is not nearly as interesting as my tale of seeing The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. I spent three summers waiting and imagining. The events of Empire were carefully parsed and dissected with my brother and all of my friends. I […]
  7. The Day “The Empire Strikes Back” Changed Everything  • 
    Saturday, May 24, 1980. It’s a sunny morning in Orange County, California. Jimmy Carter is president of the United States, Mount St. Helens has just erupted, Richard Pryor will be setting himself on fire any day now. The Iranians have taken a number of Americans hostage in Tehran. Lots of people seem to be singing […]
  8. It’s Time for James Bond to Retire  • 
    Yahoo News in its infinite wisdom decided that its top story yesterday was an online petition to fire actor Daniel Craig as James Bond. Let us set aside the editorial nincompoopery that causes Yahoo to deem Hollywood casting as more important than, say, a threatened presidential veto, and skip to the real question: When will […]