Monsters, Robots, Arachnids, and YOU: Pacific Rim, Starship Troopers, and the Art of the A-Budget B Movie

When a film is based on the premise of giant robots fighting monsters that emerge from beneath the ocean, one should probably recognize that she is not headed to see an undiscovered Ingmar Bergman gem (though the monsters do emit some memorable Cries and Whispers in a monstery sort of way).  That said, there is … More Monsters, Robots, Arachnids, and YOU: Pacific Rim, Starship Troopers, and the Art of the A-Budget B Movie

Romance, repression, and lots and lots of pudding: Punch-Drunk Love

            If my own personal hell has a cable network, the only movie channel shows nothing but Adam Sandler vehicles.  I can count the quality films he has appeared in on two middle fingers:  Shakes the Clown (a seldom-seen gem I promise to do a post on later – as the blurb on the DVD … More Romance, repression, and lots and lots of pudding: Punch-Drunk Love

I wanna go fast: the life and times of Aryton Senna

I should start by saying that for me, the greatest film about auto racing is, and always will be, Talladega Nights:  The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.  I should probably also confess that Talladega Nights is the only movie about auto racing that I can actually remember watching from start to finish.  I’m not really a … More I wanna go fast: the life and times of Aryton Senna

“Sunrise” and the psychological geography of desire

“This song of man and wife is of no place and every place,” announces the title card at the outset of F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise (1927), and like any worthwhile myth, its characters are indeed archetypes we have seen – and maybe lived – before.  The joy of watching Sunrise is less in the story than … More “Sunrise” and the psychological geography of desire