BLUE VELVET: OUT THERE AND IN HERE – Review by Pauline Kael

2017-09-16T14:31:01-07:00 September 16th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA, DAVID LYNCH, PAULINE KAEL|Tags: , , |

by Pauline Kael “Maybe I’m sick, but I want to see that again.” —Overheard after a showing of Blue Velvet. When you come out of the theatre after seeing David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, you certainly know that you've seen something. You wouldn’t mistake frames from Blue Velvet for frames from [...]

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) – Review by Pauline Kael

2017-08-18T15:32:09-07:00 August 18th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA, PAULINE KAEL, STEVEN SPIELBERG|Tags: , , |

by Pauline Kael A friend of mine who’s in his early fifties and is eminent in his field says that when he grows up he wants to be Sean Connery. He doesn’t mean the smooth operator James Bond; he means the bluff, bare-domed Connery of The Man Who Would Be [...]

THE GODFATHER PART III (1990) – Review by Pauline Kael

2017-08-19T10:34:04-07:00 August 18th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA, FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, PAULINE KAEL|Tags: , , |

by Pauline Kael At the end of The Godfather Part II (1974), the story was complete—beautifully complete. Francis Ford Coppola knew it, and for over a decade he resisted Paramount’s pleas for another sequel. But the studio’s blandishments became more honeyed, his piggy bank was smashed, and late in 1988 [...]

GOODFELLAS (1990) – Review by Pauline Kael

2017-08-18T14:33:02-07:00 August 18th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA, MARTIN SCORSESE, PAULINE KAEL|Tags: , , |

by Pauline Kael Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas has a lift. It’s like Raging Bull, except that it’s not domineering. It’s like Raging Bull made in a jolly, festive frame of mind. It’s about being a guy and guys getting high on being a guy. In the Nicholas Pileggi book Wiseguy, which [...]