Douglas Trumbull, legendary special photographic effects wizard on films such as 2001, Star Trek the Motion Picture, Close Encounters, Blade Runner, The Tree of Life and many others, had an ambition and opportunity in 1971 to seat himself in the director’s chair. It also provided a challenge for him to test his resourcefulness, as his budget for his sci-fi high concept film would be under $1M.
With a budget that tight, and a Sci-Fi that will be compared, at least…
If it just had the soundtrack, it would be fun.
If it just had the genuine adolescent awkwardness, it would be fun.
If it just had a fresh-faced cast giving fairly realistic performances, it would be fun.
If it were just the clothes, it would be fun.
If it were just the care and love that Boaz Davidson infuses it with, it would be fun.
If it were just the ending, it would be heartbreaking.
BUT, The Last American Virgin is all of these things, so it is GREAT.
I think I've seen at least part of this before but it can't possibly count as a rewatch because I would definitely remember that ending. When I was 15 I had something very similar happen to me and this film would have been cathartic back then. It would have been useful for me to see another guy in the same situation, suffering the same 'friend-zone' horrors.
My own personal 'Karen' got married young, had a couple of kids and then…
Capote and Moneyball were both good films, maybe even excellent films. But Foxcatcher, which unfurls itself like some cosmic Greek tragedy, is Miller’s first truly great film, the moment he has finally hit his stride and revealed himself as a distinct auteur. He has done this without having to leave his comfort zone, as Foxcatcher resides heavily in the Miller terrain we have come to know. There is still an oddball (resulting in a first Oscar nomination), murder, exploitation, underappreciation,…
Good ol' drunken Charlie Allnutt (Bogart) and prim and proper Rosie Sayer (Hepburn) decide to take a beat up old boat down an amazonian river to blow up one of the kaiser's boats...because why not?
The African Queen is 90 minutes of good old fashioned adventure, sure its story is a little silly but you can't help enjoy it from beginning to end. Bogart is great value, staggering around with a messy beard and a mug full of gin as…
Defies a lot of conventional wisdom about movies by being pretty much all emotional climax, all peak, no valleys. But it walks that ever-escalating line with an unparalleled grace, and the result is a work of true perfection.
Detail I like:
Whenever we hear actual in-story music in the film, like at the opera or on the radio, it sounds flat and hollow in comparison to the "music" that makes up the characters' reality. They're surrounded by beautiful music, but they're too busy singing to notice it.
Don't mess with Nedrick Young's tie!
Between 1962 and 1966, there was arguably no more in-form director around than John Frankenheimer. In that period of time he directed Birdman Of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate, Seven Days In May, The Train and Seconds.
What perhaps stops Frankenheimer from being regarded as one of the true greats is his inconsistent output after this period, and he did make a couple of truly dreadful films. Yet his output remained varied…
After watching a few videos about the dangers of heavy metal music and the impending conversion to Satanism of all '80s youth, I decided it was time for a little levity. Cue this "instructional" video starring Malcolm Jamal Warner (of TV's The Cosby Show), that one dildo that made wacky sounds with his mouth but wasn't in Police Academy, and a fistful of other assholes I didn't recognize.
Turns out this was a much darker and more depressing experience than…
Stephen King was so displeased with Kubrick's adaption that he famously accused the director of "trying to hurt people with this movie." Having just finished rereading the novel (in anticipation of watching a horror film I've rewatched more times than any other, yep), it is clearer to me than ever which version is the masterpiece and which one is just a pretty good read. For so many reasons, but simply put:
underexplaining > overexplaining
hedge maze > hedge animals
axe > croquet mallet
Kubrick > King
The director's cut really adds to the epicness. It looks gorgeous in every department from costumes to battles and cinematography. Orlando Bloom still doesn't cut it though. He has no charisma and he loses every one on one in terms of shining through. He is no match at all for Saladin - it is quite ridiculous.
Ed Norton is actually really great in this under a mask. Everyone who loved Frank should check this out for similarly good work.