Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

“We’re goin’ to the grave. Ten mile on. Goin’ to the graveyard. Her [pointing to granddaughter] folks buried there. Both of ‘em kilt on Saturday night [stares at the dashboard of the Pontiac GTO]. City car’s what kilt ‘em.” [stares some more at dashboard.] –from the scene in Two-Lane Blacktop, where Warren Oates once again […]

Tango (1998)

“When I recall you, beloved tango, I feel the earth moving under our feet As we danced, and hear the rumbling of the past. Mother is no longer here now But when your song begins on the bandoneón I hear her creep in on tip toe to kiss me.” –Enrique Sántos Discépolo, El Chóclo I […]

Alaska (1996)

Well, this is going to be different.  I’ve never reviewed half a movie before.  It’s sort of an ideal situation for a critic:  I get to praise the half of this month’s movie I really liked, and mercilessly mock the half I didn’t.  Talk about having your cake and eating it too.  The downside, of […]

Aguirre The Wrath of God (1972)

“Now I absolutely despise the murderer Herzog.  I tell him to his face that I want to see him perish like the llama he executed.  He should be thrown to the crocodiles alive!  An anaconda should throttle him slowly!  The sting of a deadly spider should paralyse him!  His brain should burst from the bite […]

Hideous Kinky (1998)

Nasrudin was in a patent office trying to patent a magic wand. “I’m sorry,” said the clerk, “ we don’t patent impossible inventions.” So Nasrudin waved his magic wand and the clerk disappeared.   After the huge international success of Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio’s next project was The Beach.  It was a mediocre product for which […]

Rupert’s Land (1998)

“I was hoping we’d grown up.” Rupert, in Rupert’s Land  “carlish”:  Of or pertaining to a carl or carls; churlish, clownish, vulgar, coarse, rude, mean. —Oxford English Dictionary I believe that there are a lot of people who deserve Viking funerals or burials at sea to honour their passing.  Such ceremonies are not just for […]

Mon oncle (1958)

There is a growing tendency in any closed part of the universe…for disorder (called “entropy”) to expand at the price of order (called “negentropy”). Suppose, for example, that we deposit a drop of black ink into a glass of clear water.  Initially its presence is quite ordered.  That is, all of the molecules of ink […]

eXistenZ (1999)

“Life is a hospital where every patient is obsessed by the desire of changing beds.  One would like to suffer opposite the stove, another is sure he would get well beside the window. It always seems to me that I should be happy anywhere but where I am, and this question of moving is one […]

Twin Falls Idaho (1999)

  “…I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all.  Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around—nobody big, I mean—except me.  And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff.  What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go […]

Fellini Satyricon (1969)

Imperial Rome is back in the news these days.  Director Ridley Scott’s recently released Gladiator has garnered glowing reviews from just about everywhere. I’m glad.  It sounds like Scott’s best work since the seminal futurist film noir of Bladerunner.  I’m thrilled that Roman history is making a comeback in the cinema.  It’s been a long […]