If you, dear reader, decide to watch Gates of Heaven, something I do not recommend, please prepare yourself ahead of time. Prepare yourself to learn more about the internment of animals than you likely care to know. Prepare yourself for a level of shifty corporations, and for the little man fighting a battle they can not win. Prepare yourself to a pretty good guitar solo.Read more "Errol Morris Gates of Heaven"
Oh my God, are they going to kill that kid? No, oh good because that is not what I signed up for. After the credits the first inter-title states, “A picture with a smile – and perhaps, a tear,” so I was genuinely stunned when the tough pulled his revolver on the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. Soon, though, my laughter started to gain steam until I was on a giggle course straight through to the dream sequence.Read more "Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid"
What are the Olympics? A sporting event designed to feature summer and winter sports occurring once every four years staggered? Yes, but. The Olympics are more than this and that is what director Kon Ichikawa was looking to highlight. To him the Olympics is a two week span of world peace. For two weeks nations around the world come together for sport.Read more "Tokyo Olympiad"
The first time I watched Dr Strangelove I laughed uncontrollably, I was young. This time while watching I did laugh, but I realized that this movie is much more terrifying than other Kubrick films, notably The Shining and Clockwork Orange.Read more "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"
My wife called me the moment the screen went black at the end of the film. The vibrating phone disconnected me from David Cronenberg’s Toronto, from the office of Doctors Mantle. My phone, at that second, acted as a defibrillator jolting me back into the real world and breaking the seal on my possibly collapsed lungs.Read more "Dead Ringers"
Good morning, I am working on my post for the Oh, Canada Blogathon but I wanted to take a moment to log some recent viewings, now with added dinosaurs. Jurassic World – dir. Colin Trevorrow – 5.6 – All of the joy of themes by John Williams with none of that pesky charm of the […]Read more "Quick Hits"