SOMETHING TO DO WITH DEATH: A FISTFUL OF SERGIO LEONE – by Richard T. Jameson

2018-01-26T22:24:02-08:00 November 30th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

by Richard T. Jameson Early in 1967. United Artists undertook a massive publicity campaign to sell the country on a recent acquisition that had broken box-office records in its native Italy and might, just might do the same in the States. After all, its inspiration was American—what more American than [...]

DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990) – Review by Pauline Kael

2018-01-30T23:23:17-08:00 November 28th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

The movie—Costner’s debut as a director—is childishly naïve. When Lieutenant Dunbar is alone with his pet wolf, he’s like Robinson Crusoe on Mars. When he tries to get to know the Sioux, and he and they are feeling each other out, it’s like a sci-fi film that has the hero trying to communicate with an alien race.

THE CONVERSATION (1974) – Review by Andrew Sarris

2017-11-23T09:49:45-08:00 November 23rd, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , |

by Andrew Sarris I It came over the car radio while I was driving out to wintry, stormy Long Island for the Memorial Day weekend. The Conversation had won the Grand Prize at Cannes, The Sugarland Express had been singled out for its screenplay, and Jack Nicholson had been named [...]

DR. STRANGELOVE: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB – Review by Penelope Gilliatt

2017-11-16T15:25:17-08:00 November 16th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , |

The key of the brilliant comic tone of the film is in the title. What makes the picture so funny, terrifying and horribly believable is that everyone in the film really has learned to stop worrying, as smokers do about lung cancer after living with the statistics for a bit.

IMPORTANCE AND ULTIMATE FAILURE OF LAST TANGO IN PARIS

2017-11-12T18:38:19-08:00 November 12th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , |

Last Tango in Paris is an important film because of the way it deals with film history. By showing the inadequacy of and parodying two recent influential film styles, 1950s Hollywood and French New Wave, Bertolucci critiques and condemns the outmoded ideas and attitudes which informed these styles.

VITTORIO STORARO: MAESTRO OF LIGHT

2017-11-12T08:12:46-08:00 November 11th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA, INTERVIEWS|Tags: |

“To me, making a film is like resolving conflicts between light and dark, cold and warmth, blue and orange or other contrasting colors. There should be a sense of energy, or change of movement. A sense that time is going on — light becomes night, which reverts to morning. Life becomes death."