A week ago, I watched Sandra Bullock tumble haplessly in zero gravity. While her predicament was certainly a nightmare, it always seemed soothingly small compared to the sheer size of the universe. The viewer was tempted, like Dr. Stone, to sink into the warm bosom of blackness.
'Blue Jasmine' is precisely the opposite kind of scary: a claustrophobic character study. Cate Blanchett perfectly embodies the unraveling socialite, in a role not unlike Julianne Moore's in 'Magnolia'. She's a stained…
My second foray into Billy Wilder's filmography has proven an absolute joy and a fitting end to a wonderful day. "This film is perfect." The phrase is traditionally followed by a checklist of cinematic virtues and superlatives, objectively true but subjectively empty. I'll try a little harder, though it is past my bedtime.
'The Apartment' overflows with stupefying joy. Jack Lemmon's Baxter strikes one initially as too happy-go-lucky to be anything other than a façade, and it's delightful to realize…
My thoughts on Taxi Driver: “You talkin’ to me?”
Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver was released in 1976, after the end of the Vietnam War. This was a time when America was rethinking the posters on its cultural wall. The massacre at My Lai by American troops had been made public years earlier, in 1969. Many citizens felt disillusioned with the idea of America as the ubiquitous “good-guy”. Perhaps, Americans thought, the classic western hero wasn’t the cool, fast-shooting, noble character…
My man Roger Ebert said it best: "This isn't a movie, it's a thesis. "Funny Games" represents the laborious execution of an abstract notion. The concept is the movie, kind of like Andy Warhol's ''Empire'' (1964), an eight-hour stationary shot of the Empire State Building. You don't have to sit through the whole thing to get the point, unless you really want to."
The two stars are for good performances from the 5 main characters. That's it. It's…