Apocalypse Now achieved its highest aspiration: Not only was it immersed in the historical period and place - Vietnam - but it was an allegory of people facing reality and truth.
Starting out at the Houses of Parliament, Ricky Gervais shows how politics are all around us even demonstrating on a passing disabled man. This trend continues once he is onstage and he covers all sorts of topics with a vague connection to politics and daily life.
We dwell in a present-tense culture that somehow, significantly, decided to employ the telling expression "You're history" as a choice reprobation or insult, and thus elected to speak forgotten volumes about itself.
Recorded at Brighton Dome as part of his twice extended sell-out Dingledodies tour, the show sees the star of Mock the Week and Russell Howard's Good News share his observations on life.
Certain films contain what I shall call "operatic montage," a form of montage which manipulates temporal and spatial relations in film, typically to melodramatic ends.
Charlie, who represents to such an extraordinary degree the whole human race caught in its habitual rattrap, does kick off his shoes, and we are abundantly convinced of the validity of his gesture of invincibility.
The Elephant Man is a very pleasurable surprise. Though I had seen Eraserhead, which is the only other feature directed by David Lynch, and had thought him a true original, I wasn't prepared for the strength he would bring out of understatement.
Bergman is not a playful dreamer, as we already know from nightmarish films like The Silence, which seems to take place in a trance. He apparently thinks in images and links them together to make a film.
The essay discusses the Stoic philosophy which characterizes Kubrick’s early noir films, specifically in the way the protagonist from The Killing ultimately surrenders to the police, in spite of his best efforts to evade the Law.
Sappiamo che Kubrick rifiuta un contratto della stessa casa [la United Artists] per produrre filmetti di seconda serie: non gli interessa arrivare in qualche modo a fare comunque del cinema. In parte, proprio la chiarezza con cui dal suo comportarsi si delinea l’esistenza di un progetto di cinema rende oscuro [...]
I kept my eyes wide open all through Eyes Wide Shut and saw more control-freak unreality than visual genius around the edges of the cluttered compositions.
Stanley Kubrick's film Barry Lyndon, spectacular as it is, flies in the face of an audience's usual expectations about "costume drama" as a cinematic form of historical fiction.
Paul Verhoeven has returned home to Holland for his latest film, Black Book, the harrowing story of a young Jewish woman who finds herself thrown by circumstance into the resistance against the Nazis, where she is asked to pose as a sexy cabaret singer in order to get close to Holland’s head of the SS
The movie works because it has the Mary Shelley story to lean on: we know that the monster will be created and will get loose. And Brooks makes a leap up as a director because, although the comedy doesn’t build, he carries the story through.
Throughout the three hours and twenty minutes of Part II, there are so many moments of epiphany — mysterious, reverberant images, such as the small Vito singing in his cell — that one scarcely has the emotional resources to deal with the experience of this film.
La Grande Illusion is a perceptive study of human needs and the subtle barriers of class among a group of prisoners and their captors during World War I.
The evacuation of the BEF from northeastern France by civilian and military vessels during the fall of France in 1940 ensured that the British army would survive to fight another day.
I cannot, for my soul, remember how, when, or even precisely where, I first became acquainted with the lady Ligeia. Long years have since elapsed, and my memory is feeble through much suffering.
The following interview, conducted by Larry French in preparation for his forthcoming book on the films of Roger Corman, centers around that very fruitful period in Price’s career.
Christina Pazsitzky hits Seattle with a biting dose of reality, telling truths about her childhood, getting older and the horrors of giving birth
Both Kubrick and King merit congratulations for making The Shining one of the most overpowering experiences of horror ever committed to celluloid. It manages to treat intangible, elusive subjects—ghosts, demons, spirits and the like—as if they were as real as this morning's headlines.
Judah Friedlander’s comedy special mostly pokes fun at American Exceptionalism, U.S. domestic & foreign policy. According to the comedian’s website, “it’s a comedy about racism, sexism, imperialism, climate change, health care, LGBTQ rights, fascism, drones and mass incarceration.”
The thaw in the Soviet Union made it possible for new filmmakers, although not without difficulty, to assert their personal vision. The most striking of these was indisputably Andrei Tarkovsky, Emmanuel Carrère discusses the grandeur of Stalker.