RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: WHIPPED – Review by Pauline Kael

2017-05-08T15:36:56-07:00 May 8th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

by Pauline Kael The marketing executives are the new high priests of the movie business. It's natural. They’re handling important sums of money. And they dispense the money dramatically, in big campaigns that flood out over the country. It’s not unusual for more to be spent on marketing a picture [...]

RAGING BULL: RELIGIOUS PULP, OR THE INCREDIBLE HULK – Review by Pauline Kael

2017-08-01T17:03:55-07:00 May 8th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

by Pauline Kael As Jake la Motta, the former middleweight boxing champ, in Raging Bull, Robert De Niro wears scar tissue and a big, bent nose that deform his face. It’s a miracle that he didn't grow them—he grew' everything else. He developed a thick muscled neck and a fighter [...]

SPARTACUS AND THE SECOND PART OF THE SOUL

2017-05-03T16:54:48-07:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , |

by Gordon Braden Roman History at the Movies At the end of Ridley Scott’s film Gladiator (2000), the mortally wounded Maximus (Russell Crowe), having killed the psychopathic emperor Commodus in gladiatorial combat in the Colosseum, speaks to the suddenly silent crowd: “There was a dream that was Rome. It shall [...]

THE GODFATHER – Review by Vincent Canby [The New York Times]

2018-02-02T14:34:57-08:00 May 2nd, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

Taking a best-selling novel of more drive than genius (Mario Puzo's The Godfather), about a subject of something less than common experience (the Mafia), involving an isolated portion of one very particular ethnic group (first-generation and second-generation Italian-Americans), Francis Ford Coppola has made one of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment.