THE PLUCK OF ‘BARRY LYNDON’ – REVIEW BY JONATHAN ROSENBAUM

2020-05-14T18:57:47+01:00May 9th, 2018|CINEMA|

So Barry Lyndon is a failure. So what? How many “successes” have you seen lately that are half as interesting or accomplished, that are worth even ten minutes of thought after leaving them? By my own rough count, a smug little piece of engineering like A Clockwork Orange was worth about five. I’m reminded of what Jonas Mekas wrote about Zazie several years ago: “The fact that the film is a failure means nothing. Didn’t God create a failure, too?”

GOODFELLAS: MARTIN SCORSESE INTERVIEWED (1990) – by Gavin Smith

2018-02-15T19:32:20+00:00February 15th, 2018|CINEMA|

by Gavin Smith Gavin Smith: What was it that drew you to the GoodFellas material? Martin Scorsese: I read a review of the book; basically it said, "This is really the way it must he." So I got the book in galleys and started really enjoying it because of the [...]

STANLEY KUBRICK’S LAST FILM – BY AMY TAUBIN [FILM COMMENT]

2020-05-02T10:25:19+01:00December 31st, 2017|CINEMA|

To be blunt about it, it's impossible at this moment to separate thoughts and feelings about Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut from the fact of his death. Or to put it another way, Kubrick's death is the closure that his final film, for better or worse, resists to the last.

EYES WIDE SHUT: GHOST SONATA – By Richard T. Jameson [Film Comment]

2017-12-30T14:23:17+00:00December 30th, 2017|Uncategorised|

How are we supposed to watch Eyes Wide Shut? Really, how are we supposed to watch any Stanley Kubrick movie? Apprehension of so many of them has shifted between initial reviewing and years of re-viewing, of reconsideration from the vantage of a culture changed, often as not, by the films themselves.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA INTERVIEW (1974) – by Marjorie Rosen [Film Comment]

2018-01-18T12:30:59+00:00December 20th, 2017|Uncategorised|

by Marjorie Rosen In Hollywood circles the adage, "You're as good as your last picture," holds more truth than is comfortable or healthy. It could also be why interviewing a director as the reviews for his latest opus are rolling in may either resemble a wake or a euphoric victory [...]

SERGIO LEONE INTERVIEWED BY ELAINE LOMENZO

2020-05-19T10:34:50+01:00December 17th, 2017|Uncategorised|

A Fable for Adults by Elaine Lomenzo They asked Claude Lelouch which American director he likes the most and he says. "Sergio Leone!"—Sergio Leone It’s a warm, sunny March day at Cinecittà, and the film Sergio Leone has been trying to make for ten years is now in the final [...]

PAUL SCHRADER ON ‘TAXI DRIVER’ – Interview by Richard Thompson

2017-10-07T08:43:57+01:00June 6th, 2017|CINEMA|

TAXI DRIVER'S SCREENWRITER Paul Schrader interviewed by Richard Thompson Richard Thompson is grateful to Jack Shafer for his help with this interview, which took place in L.A. on January 26 and 29, 1976. Paul Schrader, 30, is probably best known in Hollywood for selling his first screenplay, Yakuza, for $300,000. [...]

KUBRICK’S SHINING – REVIEW BY RICHARD T. JAMESON [FILM COMMENT]

2020-05-19T06:51:12+01:00March 23rd, 2017|CINEMA|

The Shining is a horror movie only in the sense that all Kubrick’s mature work has been horror movies—films that constitute a Swiftian vision of inscrutable cosmic order, and of “the most pernicious race of little vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.”