by Michael Dempsey In director Ridley Scott’s $30-million noir thriller, Blade Runner, set in Los Angeles 36 years from now, sophisticated new robots known as “replicants” have drastically narrowed the gap between humans and machines. Prize creations of the cadaverous, ironic Dr. Eldon Tyrell and his superconglomerate, they not only [...]
“The grotesque,” which became a stylistic term in the Italian renaissance and later contributed significantly to all forms of modernist art, can help us better understand the so-called “coldness” often attributed to Stanley Kubrick’s films
Noah addresses major domestic and international events of the past year, sharing his outlook on the world today, including terrorism, racial tensions in America and what it was like being African and traveling into the United States during the Ebola crisis.
by Richard Schickel FIRST PARADOX: Barry Lyndon, a story of an 18th century Irish gentleman-rogue, is the first novel of a great 19th century writer, William Makepeace Thackeray. It shows early signs of a genius that would nourish only after creative struggle and personal adversity. In time, this forgotten book [...]
For a director like Stanley Kubrick, a novel like Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange must have seemed an irresistible challenge. Kubrick is essentially a daring imagist, yet he has twice before been tempted by projects that pose powerful problems of language for the film maker.
A tragedy of false security by Richard Schickel The film looks as if it had been photographed through the mists of time. Often its characters seem to move with the strange deliberation of figures in a dreamed memory, their outlines softened by the years. Yet its images, its language (and [...]
di Henri-Frédéric Amiel Le masse saranno sempre al di sotto della media. La maggiore età si abbasserà, la barriera del sesso cadrà, e la democrazia arriverà all'assurdo rimettendo la decisione intorno alle cose più grandi ai più incapaci. Sarà la punizione del suo principio astratto dell'uguaglianza, che dispensa l'ignorante di [...]
Kubrick's Barry Lyndon is a lot more than a substitute for an allbutforgotten tale. The movie also translates the printed page into art for the eye and the ear by coordinating the story with the paintings, music and landscaping of the period
by Caran Wakefield Pablo Ferraro’s original commercial for Doctor Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb teases the audience, offering a sample of the gutsy black humor and subversive political satire that made the film famous. The trailer commences with an atomic explosion, and quickly [...]
After nearly thirty years, then, of playing one character in one set of clothes, Chaplin takes on a double role. The subject of the film is thus new to him, or shall we say it is a new and advanced branch of his old subject, the dictatorship of the powerful and cruel over the humble and the dispossessed?
Bo What? Old MacDonald had a farm E I E I O And on that farm he had a pig E I E I O Here a snort There a Old MacDonald had a farm E I E I O [Applause] This is Bo Burnham. He's 22 years old. He's [...]
'Make Happy' is a stand-up comedy routine by Bo Burnham which he performed live in 2015 and 2016; a recording of the show was released on Netflix on June 3, 2016. The show is a specifically choreographed performance which amalgamates comedy with music, and uses pre-recorded music, stage lighting effects and sound effects.
di Paolo Taggi A quattordici anni un ragazzo decide di scegliere il silenzio. Da quel momento può fare a meno delle proprie parole e comunica soltanto attraverso i testi scritti da altri. Recita, e sul palcoscenico si esprime attraverso copioni già scritti, che non gli appartengono, nei quali può soltanto [...]
Anthony Jeselnik brings his signature dark and twisted point of view to this special. He holds nothing back, routinely saying things most wouldn't ever dare. Anthony is not for the easily offended or humorless
There's no subject too dark as the comedian skewers taboos and riffs on national tragedies before pulling back the curtain on his provocative style
Armed with boyish charm and a sharp wit, the former "SNL" writer offers sly takes on marriage, his beef with babies and the time he met Bill Clinton
'C'era una volta in America' e altri ricordi. Il sentimento del passato e degli errori compiuti, il senso del tradimento e del rimorso nel capo d’opera di Sergio Leone. Saggio critico di Morando Morandini
Nel film 'Il mio nome è Nessuno' di Tonino Valerii - prodotto da Leone - s'incrociano tre universi del western: l'hollywoodiano classico, quello degli anni ’60 e l'italiano comico
L’amplificazione dei ritmi e delle pause trova in C'era una volta il West la sua massima celebrazione e ragion d'essere. Saggio di Roberto Pugliese
by Daniel Shaw Much critical ink has been spilled over the question of whether the worldview of archetypal auteur Stanley Kubrick is nihilistic, and appropriately so. To my mind, this is one of the most important questions we can ask about genuine artists and their oeuvres. If auteur criticism is [...]
di Pietro Bianchi È difficile dire quale fosse la precisa intenzione del regista Stanley Kubrick quando decise di fare un film, Arancia meccanica, dal romanzo di Anthony Burgess dallo stesso titolo. Per Burgess non ci sono dubbi. Cattolico, avendo sfiorato la morte per una grave malattia, desiderava mostrare i pericoli [...]