Janet Maslin

Full Metal Jacket - Private Joker (Matthew Modine)

Full Metal Jacket (1987) – Review by Janet Maslin [The New York Times]

Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket establishes its grip on the viewer’s attention instantaneously, with an opening scene in which young recruits are shorn by an off-screen Marine Corps barber, while a corny, lulling song is heard in the background (“Kiss me goodbye and write me when I’m gone/Goodbye sweetheart, hello Vietnam”).

The Two Messages of ‘Spartacus’ – by Janet Maslin

Seen today, in the lovingly restored 197-minute version now playing at the Ziegfeld, the two-tiered historical pageant that is Spartacus says at least as much about America in the late 1950’s as it does about ancient Rome.