The Quiet Man (1952)

Film Title

The Quiet Man

Synopsis

An American boxer comes to Ireland to rape, fight and pillage the countryside

Director

John Ford

Cast

John Wayne
Maureen O'Hara
Barry Fitzgerald
Ward Bond
Victor Mclaglen
Mildred Natwick

John Ford’s The Quiet Man just might be the only film ever made devoted exclusively to John Wayne’s desire to get laid. Over the course of 129 blarney-filled minutes, Wayne huffs and puffs about the Irish countryside, piss-drunk and full of rage over not being able to throw Maureen O’Hara down on the bed and […]

Double Indemnity

Film Title

Double Indemnity

Synopsis

A confident insurance salesman falls for the femme fatale, and they plot to murder her husband.

Director

Billy Wilder

Cast

Fred MacMurray
Barbara Stanwyck
Edward G. Robinson
Porter Hall
Tom Powers
Jean Heather

In a just universe, we’d all toil tirelessly in Billy Wilder’s cinematic fantasy, never once questioning his authority or perspective. There have been more visionary artists to be sure – and certainly more ambitious – but few are as perfect a fit for any occasion. Because of his genius regarding the melding of humor, pathos, […]

Network: A Look At A Classic

Film Title

Network

Synopsis

We are mad as Hell, and not going to take it anymore

Director

Sidney Lumet

Cast

Faye Dunaway
William Holden
Peter Finch
Robert Duvall
Wesley Addy
Ned Beatty

Network is certainly not the greatest movie ever made, and I would never argue that it achieves any lasting impact as a work of art. Its style is flat (like most television programs, appropriately enough), and you’ll hardly remember any of the visuals. Still, it remains my favorite films because I don’t believe a better […]

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Film Title

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Synopsis

A week in the life of a singer in the era that brought us Bob Dylan

Director

Ethan Coen/Joel Coen

Cast

Oscar Issac
Carey Mulligan
Justin Timberlake
Robin Bartlett
Adam Driver

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) was, thankfully, one of the least whimsical of the Coen Brothers films; a story of ellipses and evasions, chronicling not the expected rise and fall of a folk musician, but simply a moment in time now lost to history. More a character adrift than one with an ultimate destination. Unlike the […]

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

Film Title

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

Synopsis

When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director

Michel Gondry

Cast

Jim Carrey
Kate Winslet
Elijah Wood
Mark Ruffalo
Kirsten Dunst
David Ross

Twenty-fours after seeing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I was still thinking about it. I watched the movie over a decade ago and I still ponder its mysteries, much in the same way I considered Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. The common link with all three, of course, is screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, arguably the […]

I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

Film Title

I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

Synopsis

A woman who is missing reappears, unfortunately for anyone who watched this film

Director

Chris Sivertson

Cast

Bonnie Aarons
Lindsay Lohan
MIchael Adler
Julia Ormond
Neil McDonough

It’s about time you resurrect the Shithouse. Whats this one about? Lindsay Lohan, playing both Aubrey and Dakota, is kidnapped, gagged, tortured, and mutilated, losing a hand and leg in the process. Shes found, sent to a hospital, then followed by the FBI, and before long, shes in a graveyard digging up herself. Wait a […]

Children of Men (2006)

Film Title

Children of Men (2006)

Synopsis

The world becomes infertile and into chaos.

Director

Alfonson Cuaron

Cast

Clive Owen
Julianne Moore
Michael Caine
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Charlie Hunnan
Danny Huston

Children of Men (2006) Cuaron’s Children of Men is one of the few post-apocalyptic nightmares I can believe in. Its dystopian vision of a future world not so far away (its events are set in 2027) rings true from start to finish, and its unrelenting bleakness never reeks of hyperbolic fantasy. This is not a […]

A Tribute To Robert Altman

A Tribute To Robert Altman The American cinema never really deserved the likes of Robert Altman, a man who never made the same movie twice, even when detractors accused him of coasting on his reputation. Sure, he largely disappeared in the 1980s (except for the wonderful Secret Honor), and even after his comeback with 1992s […]

Ten Films That Ruined the World

To Kill a Mockingbird Gregory Peck as Atticus? Dignified, steadfast, and impossibly handsome. The story? A masterfully acted and scripted morality play that elevates honor, courage, and human decency above all else. Its a great film, fondly remembered, and one of the few cases where the adaptation exceeds the source material. So what’s the problem? […]

The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

Film Title

The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

Synopsis

Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.

Director

Peter Mullan

Cast

Geraldine McEwan
Anne-Marie Duff
Nora-Jane Noone
Dorothy Duffy
Eileen Walsh
Britta Smith

I don’t need a movie to tell me that the Catholic Church is completely fucked. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s date in 1985 marks the first time that contraceptives were legalized in Ireland] I long ago accepted that priests preferred the bung hole to the Sermon on the Mount; nuns were repressed cunts in need of good […]