Category Archives: movie review

Alain Marchant, a feature look at the controversial Canadian director

The on-line site Hollywood North, a virtual magazine devoted to all things relating to Canadian movie-making, has just posted (in two parts) my feature essay on controversial Quebecois director, Alain Marchant. You’ll find the article here, with a link to … 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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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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“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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“Valley of the Bees” (1967)–Review

Valley of the Bees (1967) Director: Frantisek Vlacil Screenplay: Vladimir Korner & Frantisek Vlacil Cast: Petr Cepek, Jan Kacer, Vera Galatikova, Josef Somr I have fallen in love with the Czech “New Wave”. To date, I’ve seen a number of … Continue reading

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“Hard To Be a God” (Movie Review)

Hard To Be a God (2013) Director: Aleksei German Screenplay: Svetlana Karmalita & Aleksei German Cast: Leonid Yarmolnik, Dmitri Vladimirov, Laura Pitskhelauri, Aleksandr Ilyin How does one even begin to review, to assess, to assimilate Aleksei German’s “Hard To Be a God”? Any discussion of … Continue reading

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Orson Welles’s Last Movie

ORSON WELLES’S LAST MOVIE: The Making of “The Other Side of the Wind” by Josh Karp (St. Martin’s Press; 2015) Do we really need another book about Orson Welles? That particular shelf is already bulging with titles, the heavier tomes … Continue reading

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“Jodorowsky’s Dune” (film review)

Jodorowsky’s Dune (2014) Director:  Frank Pavich Madness. Pure madness attempting to translate Frank Herbert’s epic science fiction novel into a feature length movie in the first place. The production was bound to be difficult, the special effects alone pushing mid-1970’s … Continue reading

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