For this gathering of some of modern cinema's best leads, it's all about the leads.
Those leads being the clientele, to cold call and chase down in order to clinch the signature on the dotted line in James Foley's screen adaptation of David Mamet's weighty and talky play, where greed and desperation combine to tell a bruising story of hard working real estate salesman.
Famous for its gathering of acting kings and a whirlwind, written in (it wasn't in the…
Edgar Allen Poe once said that, without a traceable motive, anyone can commit murder with impunity. The Vanishing instantly made me think about this quote for quite a while. An excellent, methodical and expertly directed film that confidently refuses to be labeled as a one genre, George Suizer's cautionary tale about obsession and how far we'll go to find truth is an art house triumph. This dark, brilliant film has been much-talked about since its release in 1988, and for…
One of the true landmarks in film history (and one of my all-time favorites), La Dolce Vita is a powerful and profound film that is absolutely mesmerizing -- from the now infamous opening scene of a helicopter carrying a statue of Christ flying over Rome's ancient ruins, to the metaphorically loaded prehistoric fish washing ashore at the end. Federico Fellini's masterpiece is not only a caustic critique of modern Rome, but it's pertinent to all modern society as well. The…