Kubrick & Burgess: Two Clockworks

I recently responded to a friend’s Facebook post commenting on the differences between Anthony Burgess’ novel A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s adaption of the material. I tried to describe why I thought the changes that were made by Kubrick were valid and why I saw his concentration on sex and sexuality in theContinue reading “Kubrick & Burgess: Two Clockworks”

BARRY LYNDON, LOLITA & New Criterion Blu-ray Titles

The good news is Warner Brothers has finally set a date for releasing those wonderful as-yet-unreleased Kubrick Blu-ray titles, BARRY LYNDON and LOLITA. Two of my all-time favorite films! The bad news is that they are only available if you purchase the full STANLEY KUBRICK LIMITED EDITION BOX SET. Sure, we can expect them toContinue reading “BARRY LYNDON, LOLITA & New Criterion Blu-ray Titles”

Subversive Cinema: Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

Contains massive spoilers! Do not read if you haven’t seen the film! There’s more to Quentin Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS than meets the eye. If you were hoping to see KELLEY’S HEROES, THE DIRTY DOZEN, THE GUNS OF NAVARONE or even a remake of the original THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, this film probably left you feeling likeContinue reading “Subversive Cinema: Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS”

The Sad State Of Film Criticism

The internet has been a blessing and a curse to the world of film criticism. The bad side is that everyone’s a critic. The good side is, we’re no longer limited to the opinions of those able to get their words in print. Trust me, just because you’re writing film reviews for a major newspaperContinue reading “The Sad State Of Film Criticism”

An Old Fogey Watches The WATCHMEN. And Mourns…

I must be getting old because I find myself referring back far too often to my youth and how things “used to be.” Granted, I came of age during Hollywood’s second Golden Era: the 70’s. Actually, to be more accurate, I started living and breathing cinema in the late 60’s and was exposed to firstContinue reading “An Old Fogey Watches The WATCHMEN. And Mourns…”

Coppola’s YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH: One More From The Heart

Spoiler free. In today’s American cinema, it’s rare to see a film unafraid to revel in its moments of ambiguity; to see a film that feels more like a novel, yet still uses the visual medium with the greatest love and understanding. Francis Ford Coppola’s YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH seems to have garnered the worldwide firstContinue reading “Coppola’s YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH: One More From The Heart”