Criterion Project B-B-Bonus! – THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (1975)

How whimsical! I was perusing a Facebook group committed to Criterion Collection discussions (you're not allowed in, it's for nerds) and came across a recommendation for The Man Who Would Be King, which is playing as part of John Huston's filmography on the Criterion Channel this month. Prior to this, I had absolutely no knowledge … Continue reading Criterion Project B-B-Bonus! – THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (1975)

Criterion Project #4: LADY SNOWBLOOD (1973)

Even before we enter this world we are marked by karmaLady Snowblood Lady Snowblood Year: 1973 Director: Toshia Fujita Bloody, violent, and beautiful. These terms can be interchangeably applied to both the film and the title character of Toshia Fujita's classic, Lady Snowblood. My first "first watch" of the project and not your typical Criterion … Continue reading Criterion Project #4: LADY SNOWBLOOD (1973)

Criterion Project #3: TRAFFIC (2000)

The Criterion project rolls along with Steven Soderbergh's sobering, star-studded Academy Award winning drug saga, Traffic. Traffic Year: 2000 Director: Steven Soderbergh A brief synopsis from Google: A look at America's war on drugs through several interconnected stories: Ohio's Supreme Court judge is appointed as the nation's Drug Tsar, unaware that his own daughter is … Continue reading Criterion Project #3: TRAFFIC (2000)

Criterion Project #2: CHARADE (1963)

Film: Charade Year: 1963 Director: Stanley Donen The second feature in this long voyage is a classic, crowd-pleasing, twisting, turning, hey-I-thought-Alfred-Hitchcock-directed-this, riotous romp with a so-creepy-even-the-film-knows-it romance between old man Cary Grant and pretty young thing Audrey Hepburn. It's always a pleasure to re-visit Charade. What other film features a scene with Walter Matthau battling … Continue reading Criterion Project #2: CHARADE (1963)

Criterion Project #1: TOKYO DRIFTER (1966)

Film: Tokyo Drifter Year: 1966 Director: Seijun Suzuki Well this project is kicking off with a literal bang! The lucky winner of the grand randomization is the slick, Japanese New Wave gem, Tokyo Drifter. This was a pleasing experience to kick things off. I remember watching Seijun Suzuki's Tokyo Drifter back around the time I … Continue reading Criterion Project #1: TOKYO DRIFTER (1966)

Slasher Mom: The Birth of Freddy Krueger in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street came about at a serendipitous time in the horror genre. The slasher boom of the late '70s and early '80s was in the ebbing phase of its lifespan, devolving into a sea of pale imitations and diluted formulas that stripped the genre of its visceral power. Gore, guts, … Continue reading Slasher Mom: The Birth of Freddy Krueger in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

On Second Thought: Reassessing Jason in FRIDAY THE 13th PART III (1982)

One of the beautiful things about re-watching movies is the opportunity for new discovery. Re-evaluation is integral to cinema because art should be an ongoing discussion. You could be watching a film you've seen a thousand times and suddenly the lightbulb pops on - there's a new element you caught that you never thought about … Continue reading On Second Thought: Reassessing Jason in FRIDAY THE 13th PART III (1982)

Review: THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2019) is Good Halloween Fun

It's spooky season, so it's time to dust off the keyboard, crack the knuckles, and limber up my brain to talk about a little dandy for you. Shudder has served up a delicious little treat to keep you clutching your blanket on a dark, gloomy night with the horror anthology film, The Mortuary Collection. But … Continue reading Review: THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2019) is Good Halloween Fun

Anatomy of a Scene: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (1999)

In every film there are little moments that can serve the story in a multitude of positive or negative ways, from fusing together themes, scenes, and/or characters, etc, to subterfuge or flat-out self-sabotage. Personally, I love when a bridging moment or scene can nourish the transitive nature of Hollywood film structure in the Eisenstein-ian way. … Continue reading Anatomy of a Scene: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (1999)