Depending on your perspective Stalker may be Tarkovsky’s best or worst movie. Sandwiched between two of the director’s most personal works, it’s the only movie in his mature filmography that was not overshadowed by his personal life. Parental complexes lurk beneath Andrei Rublev and Solaris before being brought to the surface in the Freudian exorcism of Mirror and Nostalgia and The Sacrifice are both defined by his distress over leaving his family and, in the latter’s case, his own mortality.…
My first class on my first real day of college was astronomy. I walked into a classroom full of people I'd never met before, me, all on my own, a lonely movie nerd trying to find his place in this strange new world. Being myself, I sat down two desks away from the next closest person and tried to look invisible.
About five minutes after class began, a young woman walked in. She was tall for a girl, with shoulder-length…
The Pink Panther 2006
Does for bicycle riding in Paris what Jaws did for swimming and Psycho did for showers.
Torn Curtain 1966
There are some things here I just don’t understand.
Like how all those German people immediately understood what the word ‘fire’ meant.
Or how Hitchcock managed to reference The Shining 14 years before its release.
Or how anyone, anywhere, could have anything but love for this masterpiece.
Because that’s exactly what this film is.
The first act is from Sherman’s perspective, and is full of character twists and turns as we try to figure out what Armstrong is doing. Then,…