Hopscotch (1980)

Hopscotch (1980) Directed by Ronald Neame. Walter Matthau as Miles Kendig and Glenda Jackson as Isobel. Isobel: Did you come to Salzburg to see me? Miles: Mmm. You and Mozart. Isobel: They still keep tabs on me in Washington? Miles: Well, we knew you married some old Nazi. Isobel: Come on, Kendig. He was Austrian! (read…)

Iron Man 3 (2013)

“You forgot to DVR Mad Men?” For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out why a May Marvel release was set during Christmas, but that’s because I’d forgotten that Iron Man 3 was directed and co-written by Lethal Weapon screenwriter and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang writer/director Shane Black who favors the holiday as a setting (read…)

Major Dundee (1965)

Major Dundee (1965) Written and directed by Sam Peckinpah Charlton Heston as Maj. Amos Charles Dundee and Richard Harris as Capt. Benjamin Tyreen Dundee: You’re a would-be cavalier, an Irish potato farmer with a plumed hat fighting for a white-columned plantation house you never had and never will. Tyreen: How exactly do you see yourself, (read…)

The Ruling Class (1972)

The Ruling Class (1972) directed by Peter Medak Coral Browne as Lady Claire Gurney and Peter O’Toole as Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney, 14th Earl of Gurney Claire: How do you know you’re God? Jack: Simple. When I pray to Him, I find I’m talking to myself.

Gosford Park (2001)

Gosford Park (2001) directed by Robert Altman Kristin Scott Thomas as Lady Sylvia McCordle and Michael Gambon as Sir William McCordle William: Who’s next to me at dinner? Sylvia: Oh, you know. Aunt Constance and Lavinia. William: Oh why do I have to have that bloody old trout all the time? I want Louisa! Sylvia: (read…)

Metropolitan (1999)

Metropolitan (1990) written and directed by Whit Stillman Edward Clements as Tom Townsend and Carolyn Farina as Audrey Rouget Tom: You don’t have to have read a book to have an opinion on it. I haven’t read the Bible either. Audrey: What Jane Austen novels have you read? Tom: None. I don’t read novels. I (read…)

Rabbit Hole (2010)

Rabbit Hole (2010) directed by John Cameron Mitchell Nicole Kidman as Becca, Aaron Eckhart as Howie, Colin Mitchell as Sam (not pictured) and Yetta Gottesman as Ana (not pictured) Sam: We just have to remind each other that… it’s just part of God’s plan… and we can’t know why. You know? Only God can know (read…)

The Limey (1999)

The Limey (1999) directed by Steven Soderbergh. Screenplay by Lem Dobbs. Terence Stamp as Wilson and Luis Guzman as Eduardo Roel. Eduardo: You know, you could see the sea out there, if you could see it.

Repo Man (1984)

Repo Man (1984) Written and directed by Alex Cox. Emilio Estevez as Otto and Sy Richardson as Lite Lite: Do you like music? Otto: Sure. Lite: Mmm. In that case you’re gonna love this. I was into these dudes before anybody. Partied with ’em all the time. They asked me to be their manager. I (read…)

Day of the Locust (1975)

Day of the Locust (1975) Directed by John Schlesinger from the novel by Nathanael West. Karen Black as Fay Greener and William Atherton as Tod Hackett (not pictured) Tod: I love you. Fay: Don’t say that! Tod: It’s true. Fay: Love’s special. Tod: Yes, it is. Fay: Don’t make me hurt you. You’re very kind (read…)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) Directed by Tay Garnett. Lana Turner as Cora Smith and John Garfield as Frank Chambers. Cora: Too bad Nick took the car. Frank: Even if the car were here, we couldn’t take it – not unless we wanted to spend the first night in jail. Stealing a man’s wife, (read…)

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979) Directed by Allan Arkush. Joey Ramone as Himself. Joey: Things sure have changed since we got kicked outta high school.

Get Carter (1971)

Get Carter (1971) directed by Mike Hodges Michael Caine as Jack Carter and Ian Hendry as Eric Paice Carter: Do you know, I’d almost forgotten what your eyes look like? They’re still the same. Piss holes in the snow.

Cannes Announces Lineup: Coens, Polanski, Payne, Ozon, Miike, Gray, Soderbergh

Oscar Isaac in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis Well, that was worth waiting up for. My most highly anticipated movie of 2013, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, is making its World Premiere at my first Cannes Film Festival. Bring it. Opening night film: The Great Gatsby, dir Baz Luhrmann In (read…)

Play It Again, Sam (1972)

Play It Again, Sam (1972) Directed by Herbert Ross from the play by Woody Allen. Woody Allen as Allan and Diana Davila as The Girl at the Museum. Allan: That’s quite a lovely Jackson Pollock, isn’t it? Girl: Yes, it is. Allan: What does it say to you? Girl: It restates the negativeness of the (read…)

The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966)

The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966) Directed by Norman Jewison. Richard Schaal as Oscar Maxwell, Cliff Norton as Charlie Hinkson, Jonathan Winters as Norman Jones, Brian Keith as Police Chief Link Mattocks and Guy Raymond as Lester Tilly. Norman Jones: Chief we gotta do something. I mean, we really gotta do something. (read…)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) directed by Milos Forman Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched (not pictured), Jack Nicholson as Randall Patrick McMurphy, William Redfield as Harding, Sydney Lassick as Cheswick (not pictured) and Delos V. Smith Jr. as Scanlon (not pictured) Nurse Ratched: Do you want to say something to the group, Mr. (read…)

The Sunshine Boys (1975)

The Sunshine Boys (1975) Directed by Herbert Ross from the play by Neil Simon. Richard Benjamin as Ben Clark and Walter Matthau as Willy Clark Willy: How do you like that? Saul Burton died. Ben: Who? Willy: Saul Burton the songwriter. Eighty-nine years old. He went just like that from nothing. You know what kind (read…)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) Directed by Mike Nichols. Elizabeth Taylor as Martha and Richard Burton as George Martha: Fix me another drink, lover. George: My God, you can swill it down, can’t you? Martha (in baby voice): Well, I’m thirsty. George: Oh, Jesus. Martha (angry): Look, sweetheart. I can drink you under any (read…)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) Directed by George Clooney Sam Rockwell as Chuck Barris Chuck Barris (in voiceover): When you’re young, your potential is infinite. You might do anything really. You might be Einstein. You might be DiMaggio. Then you get to an age when which you might be gives way to what you (read…)

Can Cannes!

If you’re on the Twitters or the Facebook, you might already know I’m going to the Cannes Film Festival this year, but I was waiting until all the ducks were in a row before making an official announcement here on the blog. Yes, as unlikely as it seems, the passport is ready, the press pass (read…)

Room 237 (2013)

Near the beginning of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, Dick Hallorann (Scatman Caruthers) warns young Danny Torrance, “There ain’t nothin’ in Room 237.” He’s lying to the boy, but he could just as easily be speaking directly to the audience of the new Shining documentary Room 237, a festival favorite examining some of the meanings people (read…)

It’s a Disaster (2013)

(This review originally appeared last summer when I saw the film at LA Film Fest. It opens in limited theatrical release today and is also available On Demand and online through Amazon etc.) Writer/director Todd Berger’s It’s a Disaster turns out to be the apocalyptic relationship comedy that last year’s wretched Seeking a Friend for (read…)

Ken Loach’s “Angel’s Share”

Carrying the similarly light and laid back comic tone of his Looking for Eric, Ken Loach heads north to Glasgow, Scotland for Angel’s Share where he finds a group of wayward youth sentenced to community service for assorted crimes small and large. In particular, there is Robbie, a young man whose temper and bad family (read…)

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Adam Sandler as Barry Egan and Emily Watson as Lena Leonard Barry: I didn’t ask for a shrink, that must’ve been somebody else. Also, that pudding isn’t mine. Also, I’m wearing a suit today because I had a very important meeting this morning and I… don’t have (read…)

Manhattan (1979)

Manhattan (1979) Written and directed by Woody Allen. Mariel Hemingway as Tracy and Woody Allen as Isaac Davis. Isaac: Where the hell does a little Radcliffe tootsie come off rating Scott Fitzgerald and Gustav Mahler and, and Heinrich Boll? Tracy: I don’t understand why you’re getting so mad. Isaac: I’m mad because I don’t like (read…)

IFFLA Review: Mohammed to Maya

Screening in competition tonight at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles is Mohammed to Maya, a documentary chronicling a year in the life of a 42-year-old devout Muslim as she undergoes gender reassignment surgery.  Even in the relatively permissive West it’s difficult to imagine the difficulties of making such a transition, but it’s almost (read…)

Boxcar Bertha (1972)

Boxcar Bertha (1972) directed by Martin Scorsese. Barbara Hershey as Boxcar Bertha and Barry Primus as Rake Brown (not pictured) Bertha: Folks? May I have your attention? Folks? Rake: Shhh. The lady would like to say somethin’… Go ahead kid. Bertha: Thank you. Yes, I’d just like to say this is a holdup. We’ve come (read…)

The Conversation (1974)

The Conversation (1974) Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Gene Hackman as Harry Caul and John Cazale as Stan (not pictured). Stan: I can’t see why a couple of questions about what the hell’s going on can get you so outta joint. Harry: ‘Cause I can’t sit here and explain the personal problems of (read…)

IFFLA Review: Shahid (2013)

Making its US debut April 13th at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Shahid is a fairly straight forward biographical film directed by Hansal Mehta about a man who probably isn’t a household name here in the West, but whose remarkable life has something to say to all of us.

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