Bob Cashill

Bob Cashill

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Editorial Board Member, Cineaste Magazine.
Member, Drama Desk.

Rankings

* Bomb
** Of interest
*** Good
**** Excellent
***** Masterpiece

Favorite films

  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • Doctor Dolittle
  • Victor/Victoria
  • Goldfinger

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  • The Ring

    ★★★

  • Chess of the Wind

    ★★★★

  • Fat City

    ★★★★

  • Halloween Kills

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  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    More like HALLOWEEN BLOWS. And maybe the worst film ever directed by someone whose debut is part of the Criterion Collection. 


    Like its predecessor this is competently produced and scored (in part by John Carpenter) but it has zero suspense, too much unfunny comedy relief (much of it provided by Black characters who are then bumped off; there’s a gay couple, too, because “progressive”), tacky gore effects, and a lot of bad acting, from holdover cast members to returning players (Charles…

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★

    Fourteenth-century France was about the last place I expected to find Oscar-winning GOOD WILL HUNTING screenwriters Matt Damon and Ben Affleck on their return to the craft, under the direction of no less than Ridley Scott. Strange bedfellows...and the unexpected mixture also includes Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nicole Holofcener, who offers the woman's point of view for the fact-based medieval story, and gets top billing in the writing credits (all three scribes coproduced).

    Divided into three parts, the lengthy movie, in brief,…

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  • The Ring

    The Ring

    ★★★

    After seeing it skewered on this year’s Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” episode my daughter wanted to watch this, so we returned to the era of VHS tapes, CRT TVs, flip phones…and J-horror adaptations, of which this was the first and most successful. And also as I recall the most effective, carried by Naomi Watts in her first starring role after MULHOLLAND DRIVE  (with Brian Cox and Jane Alexander in support) and creepy “spooky kid” imagery streaming out of your LED screen.

  • Chess of the Wind

    Chess of the Wind

    ★★★★

    Long lost before its recent rediscovery in a junk shop by director Mohammad Reza Aslani's family this a fascinating hothouse melodrama from pre-revolutionary Iran, which managed just a few showings before the censors objected and it was banned. (The unearthed print, restored by Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation's World Cinema Project, had to be smuggled out of Tehran.) It's a Gothic-tinged story of mostly male and swinish relatives falling out over an inheritance, with the characters discreetly observed by the camera…

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  • Saint Jack

    Saint Jack

    ★★★★★

    A cable favorite in my teens, finally available in a good quality DVD, anamorphically enhanced at last. (Why no Blu-ray?) Its frank, febrile atmosphere is one of those things that got me to Asia, though Singapore was a disappointingly authoritarian place by the time I got there. There's nothing disappointing about the film, though, Bogdanovich's return to movies after a string of flops, a Paul Theroux adaptation made with a dummy script to fool the authorities into thinking it was…

  • Sands of the Kalahari

    Sands of the Kalahari

    ★★★★

    Endfield's followup to the hit ZULU isn't the baboon horror movie I'd always thought; they're there, but until the coda mostly in the background, observing plane crash survivors go ape over the female (Susannah York) in their party and their dwindling prospects. The sexual politics are 1965, but all credit due the film for detailing them, as York passes from the loutish pilot (Nigel Davenport) to the brutish alpha male (Stuart Whitman) to an injured, initially diffident fellow passenger (Stanley…