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)

The Holiday Round-Up: Boutique Labels, Going 4K and Region Free

*Author's note: I started writing this days before the country went up in flames. Domestic affairs have reached unthinkable lows this week and we can only have hope for our country going forward, so please know that I'm aware of how inconsequential and trivial discussing movies is when we're witnessing the literal downfall of our … Continue reading The Holiday Round-Up: Boutique Labels, Going 4K and Region Free

Talk is Cheap: The Lean Violence of Abel Ferrara’s KING OF NEW YORK (1990)

Abel Ferrara's searing crime drama, King of New York, eschews many conventions of the gangster genre as we know it to visualize the dangers of both confronting his archetypal gangster, Frank White (Christopher Walken), as well as the hazardous nature of embodying this characterization. I say "characterization" because of Ferrara's proclivity for active roles within … Continue reading Talk is Cheap: The Lean Violence of Abel Ferrara’s KING OF NEW YORK (1990)

The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #1 – A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

This is it....the moment we've all been waiting for! The cream of the scream! The (dream) master of disaster! The baron of burn! My 100th post on this blog and the culmination of a months long project all coincide for one momentous occasion. I hope you're all wearing your fedoras, razor gloves, and Christmas sweaters, … Continue reading The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #1 – A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #2 – THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) – Plus a bonus kill!

On Monday I promised you two kills for my penultimate post on this list and, dammit, you're getting two kills! But first, I have to admit something: this is becoming increasingly bittersweet. On the one hand I'm thrilled and excited to write about these entries at the top of the list; scenes that have awed … Continue reading The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #2 – THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) – Plus a bonus kill!