• The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven


    I haven’t seen SEVEN SAMURAI in forever, so I can’t compare. 
    I enjoyed MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, but be warned: There isn’t really any action until the end. 
    I’m deliriously tired, so I gotta go. But it’s a good movie. I even liked it back when it was on TV in the middle of the day.

  • The Clock

    The Clock


    At first I was like “this is Robert Walker’s cutest role!”, then I was like “I think he might be on the spectrum or a stalker or something”. Either way, I liked him a lot. He’s a bumbling fool, but he elicits sympathy which I liked. I just realized how much he looks like Kevin Spacey, though. 
    At one point Walker and Judy Garland are kind of stranded, and end up helping a milk man finish his route. This reminded…

  • Endless Poetry

    Endless Poetry


    If you’ve seen the first film (DANCE OF REALITY), then you don’t need me to explain it. This sequel is a perfect continuation. So watch DANCE OF REALITY first. 
    When it ends, Alejandro still hasn’t made a movie. I really hope we get a third installment focusing on that era. But I don’t think we will. 

    NOTE: I wonder if Jodorowsky really almost got raped in the bar. It may be autobiographical, but it’s also surreal and expressionistic.

  • Old Glory

    Old Glory


    Propaganda. I like the artwork, but fuck the Pledge of Allegiance. I refused to do it back in high school, because it’s religious. What if you’re a different religion, or an atheist? It doesn’t make sense. 
    But damn, that art is fantastic.

  • In Passing

    In Passing


    This Atom Egoyan short can be found on the Criterion release. It’s an intriguing 19 minutes.

  • I Drink Your Blood

    I Drink Your Blood


    Ew, animal cruelty! 

    So there’s all these weird hippies hanging out, and their idea of a practical joke is to push their van off a cliff, with one of their friends in it!
    More animal killing!
    These hippies are Satan worshipers. One guy is dressed like Luke Cage. This was two years before Cage’s first appearance, unfortunately. And there’s a guy called Dr. Banner. 
    This is kind of a home invasion story. Close enough. It’s much higher quality than I…

  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action

    Looney Tunes: Back in Action


    My celebration of Brendan Fraser continues with a movie I didn’t know existed until a few months ago. Let’s check it out…
    Joe Dante has been a fan of the Looney Tunes for a few decades, so he was a good choice to direct. Fraser’s “big lovable lug” fits into this wacky universe. I’m not sure about Jenna Elfman. Her interactions with animated characters aren’t the best. The PSYCHO bit was hilarious, though. 
    As usual, Daffy is the best…

  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover


    I’ve been meaning to see this since I was twelve. Let’s finally check it out…
    I love the artificiality of the sets. Ew, I don’t like the shit, though. There’s literal shit everywhere. 
    Michael Gambon’s character is interesting. He talks like a restaurateur, like he knows what he’s talking about. But in reality, does he know anything? Either way, he’s a crass bastard. A monster, actually. 
    I can’t stand Helen Mirren’s hat. It looks like a Koosh…

  • Night of the Comet

    Night of the Comet


    I like Regina because she has interests. Like video games, superheroes, and popcorn. Her sister, Samantha, is into chips. I just like it when female characters do things they don’t usually do onscreen, and both these sisters are munchin’ away. 
    Hey, she just woke up and she’s eating popcorn again! I love it. 
    Now she’s eating Twizzlers!
    Look! A zombie!

    It’s such a cute zombie movie, and the sisters are adorable. 
    Obligatory montage scenes of the sisters in an empty mall. 
    It’s less a zombie film, and more of an end of the world story. But it’s a feel good movie, too.

  • The Big Parade

    The Big Parade


    Stop making out with your mom, man. 

    I love the barrel scene. That’s one of the funniest bits. The whole first act is basically a comedy. I wonder if Buster Keaton was inspired at all by THE BIG PARADE. 
    I now have a crush on Renee Adorée. Too bad she died of tuberculosis just eight years later. Coincidentally I’m reading a book about TB in the 1930s (The Plague and I), how weird. 
    John Gilbert drank himself to death 11…

  • Electra, My Love

    Electra, My Love


    Check out the misty, sepia opening shot. There’s something about people walking (or in this case riding horses) in line right on the horizon line. No matter how many times it’s been done, it’s always a powerful image. 
    Jancso has an obsession with barracks next to huge fields, soldiers doing things in unison, and peasants holding hands and dancing and getting naked. I’m not sure how I feel about it. 
    I don’t know enough about Greek mythology to quite understand…

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan


    Darren Aronofsky is committed to getting his actors the Academy Award. He’s now done it twice, almost three times. I like that about him. 
    Speaking of actors, Vincent Cassel is one of my favorites. I originally despised his character, but I don’t hate him so much anymore. He’s my favorite character now. 

    BREAKING NEWS: I got scared by a jump scare!

    All the girl on girl action doesn’t appeal to me. Maybe if I was twelve still. 
    But did it…