The following is a retro review of The Ninth Gate (the review includes some story spoilers) — Directed by Roman Polanski.
Based on Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s novel The Club Dumas, Roman Polanski’s The Ninth Gate tells the story of an unscrupulous book dealer, Dean Corso (played by Johnny Depp), and his attempt to authenticate a mysterious book for a wealthy collector, Boris Balkan (played by Frank Langella). To properly authenticate the book, Corso has to bring it with him to Europe to compare it with the other two known editions of the book, but this isn’t just any book. Balkan’s book can supposedly summon the Devil, and, as Dean Corso soon finds out, crazed individuals are willing to go to great lengths to acquire it. Continue reading “RETRO REVIEW: The Ninth Gate (1999)”→
The following is a review of Martin Scorsese’s 1985 classic After Hours — Written by Joseph Minion.
Although his 1980 feature film Raging Bull earned Martin Scorsese rave reviews and industry awards recognition, its success did not ensure that Martin Scorsese’s 1980s would be a nice and smooth ride with nothing but successes. Even though he had already made films that we still talk about today, Scorsese was not the box office draw that modern cineastes might have imagined. His follow-up to Raging Bull, his 1982 near-masterpiece The King of Comedy struggled at the box office. Then Paramount Pictures got cold feet due to a sizable budget as well as religious protests, and, as a result, they, eventually, canceled the production of Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, which was finally made and released with the help of Universal Studios in 1988. So one might understand if, in the mid-to-early 1980s, Martin Scorsese needed to make something wildly different. It was at this point when, before he finally got to make his aforementioned controversial religious passion project, Martin Scorsese made his frantic black comedy After Hours. Continue reading “REVIEW: After Hours (1985)”→
The following is a retro review of Morvern Callar — Directed by Lynne Ramsay.
A funny thing happened a couple of months ago. In March 2018, I saw Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here in a small theater that, honestly, looked more like a little kiosk. It was the first Lynne Ramsay film that I had ever seen, and, when the film was over and I got out of the empty movie theater room, I realized that I had just watched a film by someone who had a great understanding of the medium. Continue reading “RETRO REVIEW: Morvern Callar (2002)”→
The following is a retro review of Before Sunset — Directed by Richard Linklater.
There is a quote in this movie that sort of explains very well the differences between the outlook of Before Sunrise and the worldview of Before Sunset. Very late in the film, Celine tells Jesse that “reality and love are almost contradictory to me.” In Before Sunset, one character has absorbed the romance that another had previously exuded but now is almost absent of. Continue reading “RETRO REVIEW: Before Sunset (2004)”→
The following is a retro review of Before Sunrise — Directed by Richard Linklater.
For the longest time, I had wanted to finally watch Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed Before Trilogy, but I somehow never found the time — until now. This week, I watched the trilogy from start to finish over the course of maybe 30 hours. One of the greatest surprises about this Before Trilogy marathon was how hard I fell in love with the elegant young love story that Linklater presented in the first film about the unlikely lovers, Celine and Jesse. Continue reading “RETRO REVIEW: Before Sunrise (1995)”→
The following is a retro review of Guillermo Del Toro’s modern classic El Laberinto del Fauno
Fairy tales and all things magic exist right at the very edges of what we consider to be real. The wonder and horrors of the world equally represent the emotional current with which magic — light and dark — resides. There is much to be said about the horrific nature of our collective understanding of fairy tales. There is a brutality that flows through many true fairy tales. Continue reading “RETRO REVIEW: El Laberinto del Fauno (2006)”→
The following is a short review of Prometheus – Directed by Ridley Scott. For more Alien reviews, check out this category.
Ridley Scott’s long-awaited return to the Alien-franchise – Prometheus – offered up several surprises and was ultimately deemed a ‘let down’ by many fans of the franchise. The premise of the prequel film was, to an extent, at odds with fan expectations, but was nevertheless an admirable and ambitious attempt at rebranding a franchise that needed to feel fresh again. Continue reading “REVIEW: Prometheus (2012)”→
The following is a short review of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem – Directed by The Brothers Strause. For more Alien reviews, check out this category.
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem takes place just after the events of Alien vs. Predator. The ‘alien’ that burst out of a Predator is a hybrid of the two alien species and manages to take down the Predator ship. The ship crashes into Earth, and suddenly the hybrid alien and other Xenomorphs are loose in a small town in Colorado. Continue reading “RETRO REVIEW: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)”→
The following is a review of Alien vs. Predator – Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. For more Alien reviews, check out this category.
Some might say that in 2016, Hollywood had ‘a thing’ for blockbuster movie mash-ups. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was one of the most anticipated films of the year, and so was Captain America: Civil War, which easily could’ve been called ‘Captain America vs. Iron Man.’
But in both of those cases these movie mash-ups were made to both improve and continue a cinematic universe. Those cases didn’t feel like last ditch attempts at making money, they were just the next chapters in those two cinematic universes.
In the early to mid-2000s, Hollywood also loved movie mash-ups, but back then the most well-known of those involved characters that had never really appeared in the same film. Freddy vs. Jason was one of those crazy movie mash-ups, and the science fiction equivalent of that was Alien vs. Predator, which I’m going to review for you right now. Continue reading “RETRO REVIEW: Alien vs. Predator (2004)”→
The following is a short review of Alien: Resurrection – Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. For more Alien reviews, check out this category.
Alien: Resurrection takes place more than a hundred years after the events of David Fincher’s Alien 3, and the film follows Ripley 8 (played by Sigourney Weaver), a clone of Ellen Ripley, on the space ship USM Auriga, on which many Xenomorph and Ripley-DNA experiments have taken place. Continue reading “RETRO REVIEW: Alien: Resurrection (1997)”→