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.

STANLEY KUBRICK’S THE SHINING – Review by Flo Leibowitz and Lynn Jeffress [Film Quarterly]

2017-09-16T13:13:43-07:00 September 16th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , |

by Flo Leibowitz and Lynn Jeffress To all appearances, The Shining is simply a hope­lessly clichéd gothic horror film. Can this be ser­ious? A lonely house on a hill haunted by ancestral ghosts that curse successive generations and force them to re-enact the original horror. It is not even redeemed [...]

SPARTACUS (1960) and THE GUNS OF NAVARONE (1961) – The Guardian Review

2017-08-30T08:36:37-07:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

EPIC FILMS ANCIENT AND MODERN A week of epics. It is true that neither Spartacus (Gaumont) nor The Guns of Navarone (Regal) conform to Bible thumping traditions but as both last for over three hours, including intermissions for the audience to recuperate on orange squash, and are littered with stars, [...]