(My favorite poster of the year. I love the motion of Moonee, almost leaping out of frame.) The Best Films of 2017 “There are only two places left that come with an excuse for being unreachable—the shower and the movies. “Sorry, I was in the shower” or “Sorry, I was in a movie.” USE […]

The Beguiled (1971, dir. Don Siegel) “You mean I shoot him in the back?”   “Yeah, you get rid of him.” “I don’t shoot anyone in the back.” “….Clint Eastwood would shoot him in the back.”  – Don Siegel directing a scene with John Wayne in The Shootist   When it was announced that Sophia Coppola’s […]

(Best poster of the year. I’d like to see just the torn out piece in a sister poster.) “He’d brought along “Michael,” a recent release, but twenty minutes after popping it into the VCR he got bored and switched to an old favorite, a Jean Claude Van Damme slugfest called “Bloodsport,” which he pronounced “an […]

Alien Nation (1988, dir. Graham Baker) “We are not the same. I am a martian.” – Lil Wayne “Why the fuck… Why would you bring up that?” – James Caan when asked by the AV Club about his role in Alien Nation “Detect this!” – Detective Sykes (James Caan) as he throws a fellow detective’s keys […]

Year of the Dragon (dir. Michael Cimino, 1985) “They’d have to get three actors to play me because two of them would die.” – Mickey Rourke when asked about his Biopic “Well, I guess if you fight a war long enough, you end up marrying the enemy.” – Oliver Stone’s original final line for Year […]

The Best Films of 2015 “It’s no longer enough to tell a story, because television does it—not better, but more, and more easily. The power of the cinema remains undiminished, but few of the directors of this year’s run of “prestige” releases make much use of it……. The greatness of images isn’t in the coherence […]

Single White Female (dir. Barbet Schroeder, 1992) “Nothing more important… than to know… someone’s listening” – Wilco “Probably the best metaphor for the State was sexual obsession. An absorbing parallel world, a clandestine organizing principle. Men moved mountains for the sake of a few muscle contractions in the dark.” – Jonathan Franzen We’ve all had […]

Devil in a Blue Dress ( 1995, dir. Carl Franklin) “In a very good mystery, the detective comes into question and the investigator is forced to face his, or her, own prejudices, expectations and limitations. In a great mystery, we find that the crime being investigated reveals a deeper rot.” – Walter Mosley “The most […]

(Favorite poster of the year. “Turn off all the lights. I want to see what it looks like from the street!”) “I am easily moved to tears and rarely survive a visit to the cinema without shedding them, racked, as I am, by the most perfunctory, meretricious or even callously sentimental attempts at poignancy (something […]

 Wolf (dir. Mike Nichols, 1994) “They looked at each other bleakly, and laughed. Then they announced—they admitted—what weighed on them. It was the innocence of these husbands—the hearty, decent, firm, contented innocence. That is a wearying and finally discouraging thing. It makes intimacy a chore.” – Alice Monroe  “Mike Nichols has chosen to do things […]