I do my very best to see all the movies.
Ingeniously crafted as a polemic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest features quite the switcheroo of perspectives: we audience spend most of the film's run-time with Mac, an incendiary foil to the real dynamic hero of the story, Chief.
Mac, played by a charmingly lascivious Jack Nicholson, challenges members of a psychiatric ward to embrace their base impulses, ingratiate their senses and buck the system that would warehouse human beings. His arch-nemesis, Nurse Ratched, enforces institutional rules upon the patients,…
The word "masterpiece" gets thrown around quite a bit on LB; Michaelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up earns well beyond the moniker as a high water mark of the artistry of cinema and an ultimate suggestion of how we as humans, fail to value and desire when our needs are well too met.
Simultaneously a critique of human nature and an anti-noir genre-buster, Blow-Up defies viewer expectation and commits to challenging our world view and movie-going expectations with an unlikable yet believably bourgie-vacuous…
So how do you improve a clearly derivative noir film into a cult flick with infinite rewatchability, particularly in re: future alcohol/marijuana gatherings?
Quite simply: unleash the beast known by the mortal moniker, Nicholas Cage.
Visual pieces of Lynch and Hitchcock films litter this numb trifle in clear, yet uninspired ways. Despite the lack of genuine inspiration, I never quite hated the film but did scratch my head in benign amusement quite a bit...until Cage showed up about 20ish minutes…
Shockingly similar to a made for TV movie that my wife forced upon me early into our relationship, Annabelle: Creation sure struck a few similar chords to House IV.
Similarities to niche film aside, A:C builds tension slowly and methodically as it pits supernatural horror against sincere, innocent characters, in stark contrast to the exhausted trope-idiot teenagers typically featured in this genre. The tension comes from a very patient sound design and a visually restrained inclusion of the demon-at-large. The…
Another major mini series plastered all over Netflix streaming, Night Stalker: Hunt for a Serial Killer regresses the genre a bit with some salacious exploitation of murder highlights (although quite a bit of gruesome detail was thankfully omitted) and storytelling cues from the plot structure of Fear City, also on Netflix.
Fear City featured a chronicle of the NYC La Cosa Nostra primarily through the eyes of police officers and prosecutors in an overt puff piece of the same; unfortunately…
Stanley Kubrick applies his cold, dark direction to, in Joseph Campbell terms, what can only be called a mythic villain's journey in Barry Lyndon. We watch a young Redman Barry come of age in a mid-18th century world not unlike that of Clockwork Orange: physical strength, deception and good fortune are the paths to the temporary success of the subject-villain. Success is strictly defined in terms of one achieving a space wherein impulse can be satisfied with impunity; concepts like…