In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey.
This film begins with the phrase "Do I have an original thought in my head?" I feel like that every time I try to write something. This film gets me and I think it gets everyone on earth with any type of creative process that borders on obsessive compulsive inanery. Why can't there just be a movie about flowers? Everything Nic Cage's Charlie describes in that opening pitch meeting ("Don't say pitch Donald.") actually happens in the movie. Kaufman is…
The sun is shining through the rain. My version of that is scrolling through Twitter and seeing a post that it was Kurosawa's birthday. The tweeter had posted a video of Marty Scorsese slowly getting his hair and goatee painted orange and then putting on a Vincent Van Gogh costume. He then moseyed out to a film set where none other than Akira Kurosawa was standing there in the gleaming sunshine grinning like a Cheshire cat.
The opening shot of…
Deer, cops and drunks. These are the only things you see on Hwy 61 at 1:01am. Midnight Man by the James Gang pops up on shuffle followed by Little Motel by Modest Mouse, and the speakers in the dashboard are communicating with me in a way that no human on earth possibly could. A lit up marquee next to a church reads "Jesus is the Way." I am a Mandalorian on a mission to rescue a dead man. I needed…
I mean if you open with Money for Nothing by Dire Straits and clips of Knight Rider you pretty much have my rapt, erect attention. Not to mention the fact that Tarantino's coke wizard Robert Richardson DPed this bad boy? How could it be bad? Well it's the age old case of eating nothing but ice cream and candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner until you vomit profusely.
Look the actual songs used for the needle drops are amazing. All…
Cop Land 1997
You can look at this film in two ways:
A pseudo-indie film experiment which imploded under the weight of its slumming superstar cast....
Or you can look at it as a kick ass slow burn neo-western in which James Mangold slyly subverts and toys with the underdog Rocky persona...and then eventually celebrates the vengeful forgotten man persona of Rambo.
It would have been really interesting to see how this film would have been perceived had it just been Sly and…
Oblivion is a film you may or may not remember from about 7-8 years ago. Tom Cruise is in it playing a man on a post-apocalyptic Earth. There isn’t much to know about the plot other than Cruise bombs around in a cool looking spaceship (and sometimes a futuristic motorbike) looking for damaged drones to repair. He has a partner in a high tower that helps him find these things, and in between missions he finds tchotchkes from “old Earth”…