Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

February 25, 2010

…We rob banks.
I’d not seen this before, or heard very much about it. It’s clear to me now that this was an error. This is a movie that takes a true story, and then takes fairly great liberties with it, not to make it “more cinematic” or for commercial concerns, but because [...]

Easy Rider (1969)

It’s real hard to be free when you’re bought and sold in the marketplace.
This review contains a huge spoiler. If you haven’t seen this film and think you might ever, don’t read this.

Like Bonnie and Clyde, I’d not only not seen this, but didn’t know much about it. “Denis Hopper, Motobikes, Road [...]

The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)

February 15, 2010

You’ve come to Nottingham once too often…
As camp as Christmas, so far over the top it’s looped back around a few times, shot in unconvincing technicolor with costuming and dialogue so bizarre that you wonder what on /earth/ anyone was thinking about (the “wear an unattractive curtain” competition really gets in full [...]

Bladerunner (1982)

February 12, 2010

I don’t know why he saved my life
It’s the best part of ten years since I’ve seen this, and we watched the “Special Edition” version of the Director’s Cut. It still looks gorgeous, even after nearly thirty years, and it’s played and filmed with such style. With the [...]

North by Northwest (1959)

Not that I mind a slight case of abduction now and then
Alfred Hitchcock in “thriller” mode, though, really, “Spy Caper” is closer to the mark than thriller, as we never /really/ believe that Cary Grant is in danger. The dialogue’s slick, when you can pay attention to it (see the “Woodyard” footnote), [...]