Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

Remember when I updated this blog a couple of years ago, said I was going to start updating again, then didn’t? Good times.
I think I’m going to start updating this blog again (seriously this time). But first, here are the movies from The List that I happened to watch over the last two [...]

Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve been a bit busy. Plus, I’m lazy. Okay, it’s mostly the lazy thing.
I think it’s time for me to revisit the Essentials Project. But before I get started in earnest, here’s a quick round-up of the movies from The List that I [...]

Directed by: Amy Heckerling
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Penn, Judge Reinhold
Picture credit: Precious Bodily Fluids
First Viewing
Synopsis: A year in the life of a group of kids at a California high school.
So… what happened to Judge Reinhold? He may not be the most versatile actor ever, but he’s got a fairly unique screen presence, [...]

Sunday April 24, 2011 15:51

Movie #0046 – Scream (1996)

Directed by: Wes Craven
Starring: Neve Campbell, Jamie Kennedy, Skeet Ulrich
Third or Fourth Viewing
Synopsis: A masked killer stalks teenagers in a small town, focusing his energy on one girl in particular.
When Scream came out in the mid-’90s, it was a shot in the arm to the then-troubled horror genre. Its sly deconstruction of slasher films, [...]

Saturday April 16, 2011 11:16

Movie #0045 – Network (1976)

Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, William Holden
Picture credit: DVD Beaver
First Viewing
Synopsis: In this satire of the TV news industry, an aging anchorman on his way out has a very public breakdown, only to find himself more popular than ever.
Sidney Lumet passed away last week. Tragic, certainly, though it’s hard to [...]

Monday March 28, 2011 14:07

Movie #0044 – Mildred Pierce (1945)

Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Ann Blyth
Picture credit: True Classics
First Viewing
Synopsis: After getting divorced, a woman builds herself up from nothing, with her spoiled daughter always looming large in her thoughts.
With the HBO miniseries by Todd Haynes starting to air, I figured it was probably a good time to finally watch this [...]

Thursday March 3, 2011 00:27

Movie #0043 – The Thin Man (1934)

Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O’Sullivan
Picture credit: Only the Cinema
Second Viewing
Synopsis: A retired detective finds himself in the middle of a murder case while on vacation with his wife.
It’s kind of amusing to watch this film so soon after The Lost Weekend, given their vastly different takes on alcohol consumption. [...]

Sunday February 6, 2011 10:25

Movie #0042 – The Lost Weekend (1945)

Directed by: Billy Wilder
Starring: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry
Picture credit: Max 256 Blog
First Viewing
Synopsis: After his brother leaves him alone for the weekend, an alcoholic writer goes on an alcohol-fueled bender.
This is pretty much entirely unrelated to The Lost Weekend, but I wanted to start this post by mentioning how much I love Turner [...]

Sunday January 30, 2011 14:12

Movie #0041 – Down by Law (1986)

Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni
First Viewing
Synopsis: Three men form a tenuous bond after meeting in jail as cellmates.
I’ve watched (and re-watched) a lot of great movies for this blog. This was not one of them. I won’t say that I hated this movie, but I will say [...]

Sunday January 23, 2011 11:26

Movie #0040 – Days of Heaven (1978)

Directed by: Terrence Malick
Starring: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard
First Viewing
Synopsis: A man and his girlfriend take the opportunity to con a rich farmer who they believe is dying.
After being blown away by the amazing, downright beautiful recent trailer for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (seriously, it’s my favourite trailer of the last little [...]