Category Archives: classic cinema

Best Movies of 2016: An Eclectic Roster

I managed to squeeze in over 100 films in 2016. A good mix of foreign and domestic releases (those looking for blockbusters, comic book flicks and eye candy should search elsewhere). Here’s my list of favourites: “High Rise” (Director: Ben … Continue reading

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“High-Rise” (Directed by Ben Wheatley)

High-Rise (2016) Director: Ben Wheatley Writers: Amy Jump & Ben Wheatley Cast:  Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Elizabeth Moss A magnificent adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s cooly savage, satirical novel, Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” is gruesomely faithful to Ballard’s … Continue reading

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More from Andrew Sarris

“Visual style is never an end in itself, and it cannot be ultimately defended except as it relates to a director’s taste and sensibility. Any visual style can be mechanically reproduced, but without the linkage to a directorial personality, the … Continue reading

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Andrew Sarris quote

“In cinema, as in all art, only those who risk the ridiculous have a real shot at the sublime.” (Andrew Sarris,  The American Cinema)

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Words of wisdom from Werner

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A pearl of wisdom from Pauline Kael

“It’s the emotionlessness of so many violent movies that I’m becoming anxious about, not the rare violent movies (“Bonnie & Clyde”, “The Godfather”, “Mean Streets”) that make us care about the characters and what happens to them. A violent movie … Continue reading

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“Strange Love” (poem)

Strange Love (for Stanley Kubrick) Stanley Kubrick’s eyes belie dispassion: remoteness was his only defence. Look how frankly he regards you, the way you shrivel from that gaze.   © Cliff Burns (All Rights Reserved)

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“Down Terrace” (movie review)

Down Terrace (2009) Director: Ben Wheatley Screenplay:  Robin Hill & Ben Wheatley Cast:  Robert Hill, Robin Hill, Julia Deakin, David Schaal, Tony Way, Kerry Peacock, Michael Smiley Count me among Ben Wheatley’s great admirers—it is directors like him (along with … Continue reading

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“Bunny and the Bull” (movie review)

Bunny and the Bull (2010) Writer and Director: Paul King Cast: Edward Hogg, Simon Farnaby, Veronica Echegui, Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Richard Ayoade Due to circumstances that eventually become clear, Stephen (Edward Hogg) hasn’t left his apartment in almost a … Continue reading

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“Biutiful” (film review)

Biutiful (2011) Director:  Alejandro Inarritu Screenplay:  Alejandro Inarritu, Armando Bo, Nicolas Giacabone Cast: Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella, Eduard Fernandez Director Alejandro Inarritu is a hot prospect in Hollywood these days. His latest film, “The Revenant”, just … Continue reading

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