The Fly (1986)

Film Title

The Fly (1986)

Synopsis

The AIDS just might be behind cocaine door #3

Director

David Cronenberg

Cast

Jell Goldblumb
Geena Davis
John Getz
David Cronenberg
Leslie Carlson

David Cronenberg’s remake of the (also very good) 50s giant bug movie The Fly added a lot of nuance and subtlety to the themes of the original. “Subtlety” might seem like a strange word to describe a movie in which a gradually decomposing man vomits on his food before eating it, but when it is […]

Irresistible

Film Title

Irresistible

Synopsis

A retired vet runs for mayor in a small, conservative Midwest town

Director

Jon Stewart

Cast

Steve Carell
Rose Bryne
Chris Cooper
Brent Sexton
Will Sasso
C.J. Wilson

“Irresistible” – Politically correct. The United States Supreme Court has made more than a few boneheaded decisions throughout its not-so-illustrious history. Google “bad supreme court decisions,” grab a very large cup of coffee, and get comfortable for hours of eye-opening reading. The best part of that search is it does not matter where you fall […]

Winterhawk (1975)

Film Title

Winterhawk

Synopsis

A Blackfoot Chief runs into resistance when he tries to procure smallpox medicine for his tribe

Director

Charles B. Pierce

Cast

Leif Erickson
Woody Stroode
Denver Pyle
L.Q. Jones
Dennis Fimple
Arthur Hunnicutt

A review by Rumpus O’Malley, from somewhere in Texas Hollywood has not been too good about showing the true history of Native Americans in movies. Not at all. It might crank out a Great White Hope movie like Dances with Wolves, where Lt. Costner leads the grateful wagon-burners to glory, that is until they ended […]

365 Days (Netflix)

Film Title

365 Days

Synopsis

Massimo kidnaps the girl of his dreams for a year to make her fall in love with him. A horrible movie is the result.

Director

Barbara Bialowas, Tomasz Mandez

Cast

Michelle Morrone
Anna Maria Seiklucka
Bronislaw Wroclawski
Otar Saralidze
Magdalena Lamparska
Natasza Urbanska

365 Days is currently the #1 movie streamed on Netflix. The movie poster that you see is the one that got me banned from Facebook. Yeah. Go figure. Anyway, the movie itself is exponentially more provocative than the poster and is just downright out and out porn. I don’t have anything against porn. I often […]

Heaven’s Gate (1980)

Film Title

Heaven's Gate

Synopsis

The Gate Is Broken

Director

Michael Cimino

Cast

Kris Kristopherson
Christopher Walken
John Hurt
Sam Waterson
Brad Dourif
Joseph Cotten
Jeff Bridges
Isabelle Hupert
Mickey Rourke
Willem Dafoe

I had just emerged from the hills on highway 93 at the north end Flathead Lake on the way to Kalispell when I saw the first bumper sticker that read, To Hell With Heaven’s Gate. I was soon to see many more. This was August of 1981. Over a year after the film wrapped, ugly […]

The 39 Steps

Film Title

The 39 Steps

Synopsis

Hook up with a spy girl, get wrongfully accused of murder.

Director

Alfred Hitchcock

Cast

Robert Donat
Madeleine Caroll
Lucie Mannheim
Godfrey Tearle.

1 hour 26 Minutes The Grandfather of all Spy Films. Without The 39 Steps, no Bond. No Bourne. No The Fugitive, the most obvious modern descendant of this film, which truly established Hitchcock on the map of international cinema. Fair value of The 39 Steps: $20.00. It’s must-see cinema, in the same way as Star […]

A Serious Man (2009)

Film Title

A Serious Man

Synopsis

Being a Jew can suck, especially if God hates you.

Director

Ethan & Joel Coen

Cast

Michael Stuhlbarg
Richard Kind
Fred Melamed
Sari Lennick
Aaron Wolff
Jessica McManus

After the success of their rightly acclaimed, Oscar-winning 2007 hit No Country for Old Men, the Coen Brothers made two dry, dark comedies in a row, neither of which has garnered the same level of praise as their brooding Texas masterpiece. Though Burn After Reading (2008) has developed a substantial cult following since its release, […]

Playtime (Jacques Tati’s)

Film Title

Playtime

Synopsis

Modern Life (and the modern cubicle farm) interfere at every point with Monsieur Hulot’s attempt to hold a meeting with an important business executive.

Director

Jacques Tati

Cast

Barbara Dennek
Jacques Tati
Rita Maiden

2 hrs, 36 minutes, suitable for all ages Q’esque que c’est? The last of Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot comedies, a major inspiration for Rowan Atkinson’s Laugh In. Fair value of Antrum: $25.00. I really can’t think of another film like it. In some ways, it evokes Chaplin’s Modern Times, but it has a subtlety and […]

Velvet Buzzsaw

Film Title

Velvet Buzzsaw

Synopsis

A satire set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.

Director

Dan Gilroy

Cast

Jake Gyllenhaal
Rene Russo
Zawe Ashton
John Malkovich
Tom Sturridge
Natalia Dyer

When not engaged in auto-fellatio, one can imagine high brow, hoity-toity circles—art, fashion, and I shudder to think cinema is a third possibility—to instead partake in a close alternative; self-fucking. Sure, many a casting couch allegation attests to the coercive Weinstein Way, but I speak of complementary players being in bed with one another for […]

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, […]