The Top 5 Best Movies I Saw In 2017

2017 was an incredible year for my personal journey through the world of cinema. I originally planned to make this a top 10 list, but I saw so many great movies this year that deciding numbers 6 through 10 was an exercise in futility. Choosing my top 5, on the other hand, was a piece of cake. These 5 films are all truly special to me–they’re the kind of films that I’ll be re-watching over and over again until the day I die. Continue reading

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An Overview of The Dirty Harry Series

If Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy made Clint Eastwood a star, it was the Dirty Harry films that made him a legend. After watching all five of these classics over the course of a week, I can safely say there isn’t a single bad or even mediocre entry in this series—all of them are great films in their own right, and each has its own unique set of pros and cons. So instead of talking about the series in summary, I’m going to give each movie the attention it deserves, one at a time. In doing so, I hope to do justice for one of the most entertaining and influential action series in the history of film.  Continue reading

Sympathy for the Devil – A Clockwork Orange Character Analysis

Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange is one of the most insidious characters ever put to page or screen. He’s may as well be the Devil in human form, an incarnation of primal evil. He spends his nights preying on the innocent with his derby-topped droogs, committing every crime from robbery to rape, and enjoying each and every minute of it. He’s one bad kid, to say the least. In spite of this, he’s also one of the most compelling protagonists in all of fiction. There are plenty of characters that we ‘love to hate’, but Alex is one of the few we ‘hate to love’.  Continue reading

The King of Comedy (1982) Review

“Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime” -Rupert Pupkin

One night. That’s all Rupert Pupkin has ever wanted. And he’s willing to get that one night at any cost, by any means necessary. Continue reading

The Deer Hunter (1978) Review

I first learned of Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter while scouring YouTube for Quentin Tarantino interviews of all things. In one of these interviews, Tarantino was discussing Robert De Niro’s outstanding career throughout the 70’s and early 80’s, and his roles in such films as Mean Streets, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, and Once Upon a Time in America. One of the films that happened to come up was The Deer Hunter, which Tarantino described as an “intimate epic”. Continue reading

Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Review

There’s a scene toward the end of Dog Day Afternoon where Sonny (Al Pacino) has just said his goodbyes to his lover Leon (Chris Sarandon) and his wife (Susan Peretz)  in two back-to-back phone calls. He’s visibly exhausted and coated in sweat from the summer heat (and with no A/C to boot). He’s sitting there quietly, when, just for a moment, we see him break down into tears, and then bury his face in his hands. There is absolutely no dialogue in this moment—Al Pacino’s facial expressions and body language do all of the talking. It’s an incredible piece of character acting, but it only works as well as it does because of the empathethic bond between the audience and the character of Sonny. Continue reading

Watership Down (1978) Review

The 1978 British animated film Watership Down, based on the Richard Adams novel of the same name, is widely recognized as one of the darkest children’s movies ever made. While this label isn’t inaccurate, I feel that the film is too often overshadowed by how “violent and gory” it supposedly is or how it “traumatized an entire generation of children”.  Seriously? I might not be a child in late-70’s England, but I doubt that claim is anything more than hyper-exaggeration.  Continue reading