Earlier this week I got the chance to see 'Lawrence of Arabia' in the historic Cinerama Dome at the Arclight here in Hollywood and it was every bit as remarkable as I had imagine it would be.
What really struck me about the experience though was how it made me think back to when I first saw the film on my 19-inch bedroom television in my early teen years. Even though the visual experience couldn't compare to how I saw…
There's a portion of this film when Cruise, Pitt, and Dunst are all onscreen together and it really crackles with energy and potential. Everything before and after that though sadly fails to really capture the imagination. I would have perhaps found it more interesting if I had first seen it before the current vampire craze that we're living in but alas there's not much there.
Can we also mention how Elliot Goldenthal basically reused this score again for 'Batman Forever' and 'Batman & Robin'? #ComposerFail
If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.
Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…