Posts filed under "Essays"

Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles, On Screen: A Safe Place and Someone to Love

Posted by John McIntyre August 9, 2013 1 Comment 8533 views

Henry Jaglom directed Orson Welles in two films, his debut, 1971’s A Safe Place, and Someone to Love, Welles’s last screen appearance. They’re essentially bookends to the friendship of the two men. In addition to showing Jaglom’s evolution as a filmmaker, they give a sense of Welles’ aura, the sheer presence and enduring gifts which […]

Only God Forgives: Some Assembly Required

Posted by Jared Bratt July 30, 2013 0 Comment 6926 views

I’m being low-key about it but amongst some circles (just my buddy and myself on the phone) I have started to affectionately dub 2013: The year of trip/cinema. Look beyond the river-bend and you can discover a select slew of subversive films (out there on a mainstream basis) that are all defined by hallucinogenic fever-dream […]

Jared Bratt Forms a Judgment Night Meetup Group

Posted by Jared Bratt July 23, 2013 4 Comments 6310 views

I said it before, I’ll say it again, the little-seen (or little talked about) movie  Judgment Night (1993) starring Emillio Estevez, is one of my favorite suspense/thrillers ever committed to celluloid. Directed by a pre-Blown Away Setphen Hopkins (a director who other than this one specifically hasn’t been on my radar at all), Judgment Night stands out […]

Crushing on Danny Boyle

Posted by Jared Bratt July 16, 2013 2 Comments 5783 views

Director Danny Boyle‘s films are kind of like giving someone a gift wherein its wrapping would suggest that the present underneath is indeed a bike but then upon unraveling the outer-paper, our gift-getter soon realizes that what they really have is a flame protruding muscle-car – dangerous as all after-hours of the night, earth shattering […]

Hollywood Will Implode (Insert Bass-Drop Sound Here)

Posted by Jared Bratt July 11, 2013 7 Comments 25867 views

In entertainment news recently (and I feel fashionably late to the party on this one in terms of discussion) the legendary Steven Spielberg, alongside “the man”, “the myth” George Lucas, predicted the inevitable end, or I should say the implosion of mainstream cinema as we know it. Their POV proclaims that in the not too-distant […]

Keanu Reeves, Vampire Hunter

Posted by Jared Bratt June 26, 2013 3 Comments 8796 views

Lukecool is the title for a film you cannot see. It’s the title for a film you cannot discover, download, search-for, rent, stream, or  import —  It flat-out doesn’t exist… wait, wait, let me clarify this —  It exists but the only way to take a gander at it would be to perform some sort […]

Directing Superman: Cinematic approaches to the Man of Steel

Posted by Bennett O'Brian June 15, 2013 0 Comment 7286 views

It’s a very big year for the Man of Steel. On top of a highly anticipated summer blockbuster, 2013 marks seventy-fifth year since DC Comics published the first issue of Action Comics and, since then, the company has printed thousands of Superman comicbooks to the delight of generations of fans. The temperament of audiences has […]

Dementia 13: A 50th Anniversary Worth Celebrating?

Posted by Wade Sheeler June 13, 2013 3 Comments 7874 views

This year we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s first offering as a film director. In September 1963, American International and Roger Corman released Dementia 13, one of the most inauspicious debuts from one of the greatest directors of the latter 20th century. Out now on Blu-Ray through HD Cinema Classics , Dementia 13 […]

Jared Bratt Imagines Die Hard 6: Die Hardest

Posted by Jared Bratt June 6, 2013 1 Comment 18806 views

Flames splash across the screen and engulf the view. It is not so much an issue that we, the audience in this hypothetical movie-going scenario, don’t really know what it is we are looking at… all that’s necessary is that, yes,clearly we are watching nothing but massive pockets of orange, red, and yellow fireballs protrude […]

The Netflix Queue: Arrested Development Season 4

Posted by Toyiah Murry June 5, 2013 0 Comment 5700 views

Initially when Fox network ran the series “Arrested Development,” the show had trouble staying afloat. It was a darling among critics, but most audiences were unaware of it’s existence. My first introduction to the series was by chance after stumbling on to Season 3’s episode “For British Eyes Only.” For nearly half an hour, I […]

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