Category Archives: Films

Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood, The Master: A Trilogy?

I’m a bit unclear as to whether this video attempts to say that Paul Thomas Anderson was consciously making a trilogy out of these films or that they simply contain strong thematic links. I think it’s pretty obvious that the … Continue reading

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PTA on John Holmes Exhausted Doc

This might be one of the best things I’ve come across on the internet in a while. And if you are a Paul Thomas Anderson fan you will agree. PTA does a commentary for the John C. Holmes documentary called … Continue reading

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Before Midnight Trailer

The first film featuring Jesse and Celine bowed almost 20 years ago with 1995’s Before Sunrise. These little films by Richard Linklater have struck a cord with people through now three generations, encapsulating a sense of love and classic romance … Continue reading

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Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last!

Ahead of the Criterion Collection’s restored Blu-ray release of Harold Lloyd’s massively influential masterpiece, Safety Last!, Janus films has released this pristine new trailer: If you haven’t seen Lloyd’s film, here it is in its entire non-Criterion enhanced form:

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Room 237

There’s a haunting simplicity to The Shining. Those words, combined with the director’s mysterious approach to discussing his films, makes this a work ripe for obsessives. The next gateway to obsession comes by way of accessibility. The Shining, dressed as … Continue reading

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Breaking the Fourth Wall

I generally dislike breaking the fourth wall, unless it’s in a first person documentary (I’m one of the few who still champions Michael Moore). The idea is ripe for lazy exposition and on-the-nose cuteness, which is the way I find … Continue reading

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Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers appears as a refreshing change for Harmony Korine, if only because for the first time in his strange filmmaking career, his battle of conspicuous storytelling tropes and self-aware naturalism collides in a way that adds up to something … Continue reading

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Soderbergh Vision

Full disclosure, I’ve never been a huge Steven Soderbergh fan. His films always seem like useful watches, primarily because of their varied, always intriguing, premises. For the most part, I align with the filmmaker’s worldview and ideals, so there’s nothing … Continue reading

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Bling Ring Trailer

By the looks of it, what with its long beat editing and key code burn-in, this teaser was culled together rather quickly. My guess is that the comparisons to Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers will continue to be apparent and the … Continue reading

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Holy Grail: The State of Nonfiction

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71E_fbTzfFc%5D Lately, a number of people have approached me about a troubling trend in documentary films. Basically, there’s a sense that while documentaries have risen to prominence, so too has a lack of creativity and a somewhat lazy reliance on … Continue reading

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