Perfect Directors: Martin Scorsese

If there’s one unifying element to Martin Scorsese’s films, it’s alienation. Specifically, the alienation of his male protagonists: whether successes (Howard Hughes in The Aviator, Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street, or Sam “Ace” Rothstein in Casino), failures (Rupert Pupkin in The King of Comedy, Frank Pierce in Bringing Out the Dead, and…

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Cult Classics: Fateful Findings

Why do we like terrible movies? Not just bad movies, or mediocre movies–those are depressingly common and a ton come out each year from big and independent studios alike. Those are then shuffled off into the catacombs of daytime airings on Showtime and the dregs of streaming services, never reaching over two stars in their…

Perfect Movies: Blazing Saddles

There are great films that change the landscape of cinema: your Citizen Kanes and Godfathers and Days of Heavens and such and such. Then you have films that are moving depictions of the human condition and of overcoming adversity to find one’s place in the world: The Color Purple, for example, and another film I’m…

Best-Of Streaming June 2017

Look, there is a lot of content out there available to stream these days. So instead of endlessly, aimlessly scrolling through the pages scanning titles that seem vaguely familiar but you don’t know if they’re any good–or else of movies and TV shows you’ve heard are good but haven’t gotten around to watching, why not…

Totally 80’s: Kid’s Movies!

My folks took my sisters and I to the movies frequently when I was a kid, and I was lucky enough to see some great films in the theaters as a result, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman, and Back to the Future, Part II. Besides this, since my dad was such a film…

Great TV: Lookwell

Let’s talk about Adam West, who passed away today at the age of 88 after a long acting career where he started off as an actor, became a caricature, and then ended it by playing a heightened version of himself. West always came across as a rather affable, if somewhat loopy, guy. Even though he…

Great TV: I, Claudius

How easy it is to forget that people have always been the same throughout history. Even thousands of years ago, people loved and hated, desired power, feared death, and went about the daily business of living. In short, they were flesh and blood and mortal and full of fault and doubts and weaknesses, just like…