Inherent Vice

Film Title

Inherent Vice

Synopsis

Larry “Doc” Sportello, a well-intentioned but inept stoner, hippie and private investigator in 1970, is embroiled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld investigating three cases interrelated by the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend and her new wealthy boyfriend.

Director

Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast

Joaquin Phoenix
Josh Brolin
Katherine Waterston
Owen Wilson
Reece Witherspoon
Benicio Del Toro
Eric Roberts
Martin Short
Joanna Newsom

The following review of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice will be much like the movie; A dizzying melange of scrambled thoughts and points that wrap up quite nicely depending on whom you ask. Has there ever been such a poorly marketed movie? I’m not talking about trailers making movies look fantastic when they end up […]

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)

Film Title

Close Encountes Of The Third Kind

Synopsis

The Aliens are coming for us and our mashed potatoes

Director

Steven Spielberg

Cast

Richard Dreyfuss
Francois Truffaut
Melinda Dillon
Bob Balaban
Terri Garr
Cary Guffey

It’s a shame Star Wars had to come out in 1977. Two great films were left in the shadows of its colossal reign at the international box office. The first was William Friedkin’s Sorcerer. The second was Steven Spielberg’s under looked gem; Close Encounters of the Third Kind. When I call Close Encounters underrated, I […]

The Great Silence (1968)

Film Title

The Great Silence

Synopsis

One of the most sadistic Western villains ever wants you to “always respect the dead”

Director

Sergio Corbucci

Cast

Klaus Kinski
Jean-Louis Trentignant
Frank Wolff
Vonetta McGee
Luigi Pistilli
Mario Brega

Having recently seen the gorgeous remastered Film Movement version of this bleak and bloody masterpiece, I can only say; The Great Silence is the greatest Spaghetti Western not directed by Sergio Leone. While I know that Sergio Corbucci was always more bleak and violent than Leone, nothing can prepare you for this film’s absolutely gut […]

Uncut Gems

Film Title

Uncut Gems

Synopsis

Adam Sandler excels in showing the harrowing consequences of a gambling addiction

Director

Josh & Bennie Safdie

Cast

Adam Sandler
Lakeith Stanfield
Julia Fox
Idina Menzel
Kevin Garnett
Eric Bogosian




From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie comes an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire […]

Bacurau

Film Title

Bacurau

Synopsis

Bacurau is a new Brazilian genre film with a spaghetti western/pulp feel to it.

Director

Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonca Filho

Cast

Barbara Colen
Thomas Aquino
Silvero Pereira
Wilson Rabelo
Udo Kier

Bacurau is a film that hides like the fictional town the film is named after. Small and vibrant, the town is filled with sweat-stained faces and interesting characters. Shot in tight close-ups and extreme wide-angles (in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western), Bacurau takes its time for almost an hour. Directors Juliano Dornelles […]