White Man’s Burden…
A score of decrepit illiterates forms a circle to bet on fighting animals. Though easily mistaken for a meeting of the Mississippi state senate, this is where you fleece hapless yokels of their moonshine money. The low life has it’s allure, and this is as low as it gets.
This film has been referred to as ‘minor Kurosawa’, and if those two terms ever belonged together , then I would seriously begin to doubt the explosive potential of combining elemental sodium and water. Much as a dark sunspot shines bright as a star when seen against the backdrop of space, this film shines just […]
OUR MAN IN HAVANA
Intelligence services for any nation have in common an innate need for secrecy regarding their actions and a defensive posture regarding their activities and justification for same. Any probe of their budgets or actions are generally met with a mixture of contempt and silence, answers to the questions often arriving decades later when the department […]
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (SEVEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT…)
1. Gene Hackman Yeah, buddy, I’ll see your Popeye Doyle and raise you a Rupert Anderson. And here’s a Little Bill Daggett to up the stakes. And then – maybe – you’ll come within a nautical mile of Rev. Frank Scott, to date the most fully realized character in Gene Hackman’s long and storied career, […]
SIMON OF THE DESERT
Leave it to Bunuel to craft a film depicting lunacy in crystalline form that manages to both indict religion in general, and invite sympathy for the insanely devout. Considering the question of faith and its value, it helps to simplify the environment around the intellectual exercise that will provide the context. History has documented the […]
LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN
I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG
A drama about a convicted murderer being released from prison and attempting to find her place in an alien world described as ‘light’
Douglas Sirk’s Magnificent Obsession is sheer, bold ridiculousness in eye-popping Technicolor…
LE DEUXIEME SOUFFLE
A Second Wind within a theme of fatalism.