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Mike’s Strange Cinema Cavalcade - WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL

Documentary explores the work of the influential American film critic. Read more >>> [Author: The Movie Waffler]
Tags: Movies, Documentaries, Dvd, Mike, Pauline Kael, New Releases, The Movie Waffler, By Mike Vaughn

An Analysis of Quentin Tarantino’s Films Narrated (Mostly) by Quentin Tarantino

For nearly thirty years, the work of Quentin Tarantino has inspired copious discussion among movie fans. Some of the most copious discussion, as well as some of the most insightful, has come from no less avid a movie fan than Tarantino himself. Every cinephile has long since known that the man who made Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown — and more recently pictures like Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, and Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood — is one of their own. Now the su...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Hollywood, Film, College, America, Uma Thurman, Christoph Waltz, Quentin Tarantino, Seoul, John Travolta, Tarantino, Jackie Brown, Facebook Twitter, Jean Luc Godard, Godard

"America is not a country. It's just a business": Layers of Venality in Killing Them Softly (2012)

I didn't know what to expect when I went to see Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, but after watching eight moviegoers leave the theater in the midst of the film, I had fun imagining why people hated it.  Was it because most of the movie took place in rainy slum areas of New Orleans, or was it perhaps due to Dominik's cheerful curse-filled immersion in the tawdry milieu of scummy lowlifes? Greasy junkie Russell (Ben Mendelsohn) has such skanky-looking hair, one can practically smell h...
Tags: Movies, Obama, America, Tennessee, Richard Jenkins, New Orleans, Emma Stone, James Gandolfini, Scorsese, Ryan Gosling, Jackie, Leon, Ray, Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Bush

I Wish I Made That: Willow & The NeverEnding Story

I Wish I Made That: Willow & The Neverending Story Welcome to the first edition of’s I Wish I Made That, a new feature in which filmmakers Ted Geoghegan (We Are Still Here, Mohawk) and Victoria Negri (Gold Star) each pick a film they wish they had actually made! This discussion focuses on the fantasy epics The NeverEnding Story (1984) and Willow (1988). Check out their conversation below! RELATED: Jonathan Kasdan Confirms Start of Willow Series Victoria Negri is an actress, pro...
Tags: Europe, Movies, Cdc, Montana, Earth, United States, Harry Potter, Victoria, Lucasfilm, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, Ron Howard, Willow, Luke Skywalker, Carroll, Val Kilmer

police links (2020)

---Pauline Kael on Writer's Workshop---"Every Breath You Take" by the Police---"Land of Confusion" by Genesis---sinking scenes from Titanic (1997)---The Last Seduction trailer---a scene from The Grifters (1990)---a scene from Coppola's Apocalypse Now (2001)---a scene from They Live (1988)---"Got My Mind Set On You" by George Harrison---a scene from The Godfather (1972)---"Big Time" and "Steam" by Peter Gabriel---"Need You Tonight" by INXS---"Good Thing" by Fine Young Cannibals---"Venus" by Bana...
Tags: Movies, George Harrison, Bliss, George Michael, Don Henley, Lupita Nyong, Peter Gabriel, INXS, King Kong, Tom Petty, Coppola, Pauline Kael, Ben Dickson, Bananarama, Roy Flannagan, The Film Doctor

21st Century Spielberg Podcast: With ‘A.I.’ and ‘Minority Report,’ Steven Spielberg Redefined His Work for a New Century

(Welcome to 21st Century Spielberg , an ongoing column and podcast that examines the challenging, sometimes misunderstood 21st century filmography of one of our greatest living filmmakers, Steven Spielberg. First up: A.I. and Minority Report .) “What if Peter Pan grew up?” pondered the tagline of Steven Spielberg’s 1991 fantasy Hook . It was an intriguing premise: what would happen if the perpetual child – the boy who refused to get older – embraced the cold, stark, finite nature of...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Sci-fi, Roger Ebert, Adaptation, Playboy, Stanley-Kubrick, Kubrick, Peter Pan, Spielberg, Steven-Spielberg, Minority Report, Francois Truffaut, Jaws, Robert Altman, Ready Player One

Stuart Gordon, Horror Legend Who Directed ‘Re-Animator’, ‘Castle Freak’, and More, Dead at 72

Stuart Gordon, the filmmaker behind cult horror classics like Re-Animator, From Beyond, Castle Freak, Robot Jox, and more, has died at the age of 72. Gordon’s career began in theatre, a path that lead him to found the Screw Theatre and then the avant-garde Organic Theater Company. His life in film began with Re-Animator, an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Gordon first intended to bring to the stage, then to television, before making it into a feature film. The results were well-received, and launched...
Tags: Death, Movies, Disney, Roger Ebert, Peter Pan, Cannes film festival, University Of Wisconsin, Gordon, Ebert, Combs, Lovecraft, Pauline Kael, Kael, Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, Stuart Gordon

Yes, watch 'What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael.' But you've gotta read her work, too

Yes, What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael is worth watching. But better to read the New Yorker movie critic's writing, which inspired Roger Ebert.          [Author: Arizona Republic]
Tags: Religion, Roger Ebert, Arizona Republic, Pauline Kael

weaponized boredom links

---"Nondigital surveillance is weaponized boredom" --from William Gibson's excellent new novel Agency---"How AI Will Turn Us All Into Filmmakers" by Clive Thompson---"No Treatment Protocol": Steven Soderbergh's Contagion and The Die-off Scenario"---"Along with trust, a sense of individual agency – heroic centrality in your own story, the ability to make and carry out choices of your own, the “capacity to act” – is the central offer of most Hollywood dreams, and the product sold to us by the maj...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Steven Soderbergh, William Gibson, Clive Thompson, Gibson, Pauline Kael, John Harrison, Anne Helen Petersen, Farran Smith Nehme, The Film Doctor, James Pogue, Katherine Trendacosta

Remembering Fellini On His 100th Birthday

Anthony Lane: “Fellini is the great divider. “La Dolce Vita” was the film most loved by Roger Ebert, for whom it was transformed with every viewing, whereas Pauline Kael likened Fellini’s efforts to “poking your head into a sack of fertilizer and then becoming indignant because you’re covered with excrement.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, People, Roger Ebert, Anthony Lane, Fellini, Pauline Kael, 01.17.20

A 10-film trip through the "acid western"

BFI, the British film organization, has posted a list of ten "acid westerns." The term ‘acid western’ is an elusive one. First coined by Pauline Kael in her New Yorker review of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo (1970), it wasn’t until 2000 and the publication of his monograph on Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man (1995) for the BFI Modern Classics series that critic Jonathan Rosenbaum would expand upon the terminology more specifically. “What I partly mean by acid westerns,” wrote Rosenbaum, “are revisionis...
Tags: Post, News, Westerns, Jim Jarmusch, BFI, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Cult Movies, McCabe, Rosenbaum, Pauline Kael, El Topo, Mrs Miller, Jonathan Rosenbaum

This Week In Trailers: VHYes, The Age of A.I., Hillary, The Circle, What She Said: The Art Of Pauline Kael

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we go retro with our comedy, write a few movie reviews, revisit what happened in 2016 to this nation, see what Robert Downey Jr. is ...
Tags: Movies, Robert Downey Jr, Netflix, United States, This Week In Trailers, Roger Ebert, Movie Trailers, Hillary, Mel Brooks, Sarah Jessica Parker, Francis Ford Coppola, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ralph, David Edelstein, Pauline Kael, Ted Bundy

Berlin Film Review: ‘What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael’

If I could demolish any one idea in the history of film criticism, I think it would be the often stated canard that Pauline Kael wrote flashy exuberant prose, spilling her gut reactions to a movie all over the page — but that she wasn’t an “analytical” writer. That opinion is miles-out-of-the-ballpark wrong, and it’s […]
Tags: Reviews, Berlin Film Festival, Pauline Kael, What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

Outsmarting the Auteur: Reassigning Power in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Marnie'

None Is Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 film, Marnie a sex story? a mystery? a detective story? a romance? a story of a thief? a love story? The many questions posed in the trailer are curiosities that film scholars and audiences continue to grapple with to this day, over 50 years since a release that saw Hitchcock's Marnie greeted with poor box office returns and widespread bewilderment from critics. As mirrored in Film Society Lincoln Center's 35mm screening of the film this past September, it has be...
Tags: Feature, Misogyny, Music, Hollywood, Crime, Drama, Sexism, America, Netflix, Mystery, Baltimore, Alfred Hitchcock, Wood, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Mark

Tim Roth: ‘As messy as your life can be, there has to be a window you can escape through'

From south London to LA, Tim Roth has been Hollywood royalty for almost three decades. He talks about Brexit, unlikely role models, and always being in the right place at the right timeA young man walks into a bar and meets Sam Shepard, Christopher Walken and Al Pacino. The man is Tim Roth. The year is 1990, and the actor is in New York to film Jumpin’ at the Boneyard, a bleak movie about drug abuse. Roth, who planned to nurse a quiet beer while watching American football, found himself in conve...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, London, Film, La, Culture, Gary Oldman, Tom Stoppard, Tim Roth, Van Gogh, Robert Altman, Roth, Shepard, Pauline Kael, Walken, Vincent Theo

"Tesla’s Elon Musk, definitely a visionary brain genius and not at all a manic idiot spaz and brazen fraud, has invented the future of mass transit for which we so desperately clamored."

"A narrow, jagged death-tunnel through which, uh, one Tesla-brand car at a time can, ah, drive ... the person who owns it, plus maybe two or three other people ... from one place to another ... at 49 miles per hour."Didn't we all agree back in 2006 that the word "spaz" isn't acceptable? That was when Tiger Woods called himself "a spaz," and the British press reacted very negatively. Here's what Language Log wrote at the time:So how did the word spaz become innocuous playground slang in the U.S. ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Law, America, Tesla, Bbc, Disability, New York Times, Tiger Woods, Steve Martin, Snl, Nerds, Baker, Railroads, Musk, Great Britain, Al Yankovic

Jonah Hill’s ‘mid90s,’ Pauline Kael Documentary to Screen in Berlin’s Panorama Section

Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, “mid90s,” about a 13-year-old skateboarder’s coming of age, and a documentary on influential film critic Pauline Kael are among the works that will screen in the Panorama section of the upcoming Berlin Film Festival. Films starring Tilda Swinton and Jamie Bell and titles from countries including Israel, Brazil and Japan were […]
Tags: Japan, News, Berlin, Global, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill, PJ Harvey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Pauline Kael, Jamie Bell, Israel Brazil, Mid90s, Panorama Section

How ‘Star Wars’ Borrows From ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired (or in this case help us better understand) George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid .) Losing the screenwriter William Goldman was a blow to the world of cineastes last month. He was one of the sharpest writers ever to come to Hollywood and he had a distinct way of playing a tense scene for laughs and making giggle at how good i...
Tags: Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, Western, Sci-fi, Features, Roger Ebert, Lucasfilm, Goldman, George Lucas, Paul Bettany, Bolivia, Robert Redford, Naboo, Ebert, Paul Newman

Robert Christgau's 'Is It Still Good to Ya?'

Everyone who thinks and writes about pop music with a critical ear -- whether they produce 100-word blurbs or 3,000-word opuses, whether they write for established media brands or self-publish online, whether they're paid in all the promo copies they can stand or receive some amount of actual cash -- owes a debt to Robert Christgau. Much as Pauline Kael did for film, Christgau champions and popularizes the practice of taking rock 'n' roll seriously. Not as in "this is high art that's good for yo...
Tags: Facebook, Music, England, Review, Paul Simon, Book Review, Senegal, Village Voice, Richard Thompson, Voice, R Kelly, Steve Horowitz, Barnes, Fela Kuti, Cote, Greg Tate

Wes Anderson’s Breakthrough Film, Rushmore, Revisited in Five Video Essays: It Came Out 20 Years Ago Today

"I genuinely don't know what to make of this movie." So said eminent New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael about Rushmore, Wes Anderson's second film. But having spent the better part of a decade in retirement by that point, she didn't publish that judgment; rather, she spoke it straight to Anderson himself, who had rented out a theater to give her a personal screening. "I was a little disappointed by Ms. Kael's reaction to the movie," Anderson writes in his recollection of the event. Upon it...
Tags: Google, Film, College, New York Times, Wes Anderson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Grand Budapest Hotel, Seoul, Rushmore, Anderson, Max, Wilson, Blume, Scott, Facebook Twitter

“Politics was part of our life. People don’t seem involved or passionate anymore; politics is something distant."

And: "I was a Marxist with all the love, all the passion, and all the despair one can expect from a bourgeois who chooses Marxism."2 quotes from Bernardo Bertolucci, from his obituary in the NYT. The director of "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Last Emperor" breathed his last this morning at the age of 77.The obituary reminds us that some reviewers at the time, back in 1973, did not admire "Last Tango in Paris" and that the NYT own critic, Grace Glueck, called it "the perfect macho soap opera." I'...
Tags: Movies, Law, Feminism, Paris, Naked, Marlon Brando, PAUL, Stravinsky, Jeanne, Holden Caulfield, Bernardo Bertolucci, Pauline Kael, Ann Althouse, Bertolucci, J.D. Salinger, Marxists

We are all Pauline Kael now.

"Surely if someone disagrees with me, they're an FSB-controlled bot!"This is how you know that your bubble is not only airtight, but soundproof and impervious to most RF radiation. — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) November 19, 2018 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, Guns, Fsb, Tam, Pauline Kael, Life In The Monkey House, Teh Intarw3bz, Spitting In The Wind, Tamara K

Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville talks about his new documentary on director Orson Welles and the struggle to finish his final film

Director Morgan Neville poses for a portrait at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in January 2018 where his film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” premiered. His second film of 2018, “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead,” arrives on Netflix and select theaters on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Photo by Robby Klein/Contour by Getty Images) Orson Welles’ final film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” and a documentary about its making, “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead,” arrive on Netflix and in select theater...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Orson Welles, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Paris, Shanghai, Alan Cumming, Orange County, Adam Levine, Ty Burrell, Irs, Shah

No, ‘Willow’ is Not Part of the ‘Star Wars’ Universe, Ron Howard Confirms

Willow was one of George Lucas’ post-Star Wars projects. While the latter was Lucas’s take on a space epic, Willow was his take on sword and sorcery. The Wookiepedia entry for Willow collects some sources that suggest Willow is actually part of that galaxy far, far away , perhaps on one planet in the Star Wars universe. Wookiepedia cites the April Fool’s Joke that started this theory, yet the entry remains. At an American Cinematheque Q&A following a 70mm screening of Willow, director Ron Ho...
Tags: London, Movies, Fantasy, George Lucas, Ron-Howard, Lucas, Willow, Howard, George, Ron, Clint, Siskel, Wookiepedia, Pauline Kael, American Cinematheque, Star-Wars

‘The Other Side of the Wind’ Review: Netflix Revives an Orson Welles Artifact [NYFF]

The Other Side of the Wind is finally complete — or rather “complete.” Nominally. The final film by the great Orson Welles (assuming The Deep never sees the light of day) begins with a title card explaining that this version, restored by the folks at Netflix, exists as “an attempt to honor and complete” Welles’ original vision, the key word being “attempt.” With so much footage left un-shot and unedited during its original production, no version of the film today can feel truly whole. And yet, ...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Time, Orson-Welles, Netflix, Movie Reviews, John Huston, Ernest Hemingway, Welles, Peter Bogdanovich, Hannaford, Huston, Pauline Kael, Oja Kodar, Susan Strasberg, NYFF

‘Chained for Life’ is a Masterful Dissection of How the Film Industry Treats Disability [Fantasia Film Festival]

“Blindness is an illness, but it’s also a metaphor,” explains the actress Mabel ( Jess Weixler) in an interview with a skeptical journalist. She’s talking about her role as a blind woman in a sordid arthouse horror film set in a hospital for the disfigured and genetically abnormal. As she, a sight-seeing woman, defends her choice to play a blind woman amid much controversy, she squirms a little. She knows she’s bullshitting. How do you play a metaphor when you have no experience of that whi...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Joan Didion, Adam Pearson, Mabel, Pauline Kael, Rosenthal, Truffaut, Featured Stories Sidebar, Cassavetes, Chained for Life, Mabel Jess Weixler, Aaron Shimberg Chained for Life, Charlie Korsmo Mabel

Brian Kellow, Longtime Editor At ‘Opera News’, Dead At 59

“Brian left behind an extraordinary legacy within the magazine’s pages — thirty years’ worth of news features, personality profiles, reviews and opinion pieces, every one of them lit by a writerly spark that was uniquely his own. He was also the author of a series of dazzling biographies exploring the lives of Pauline Kael, Sue Mengers, Ethel Merman and Hollywood’s Bennett sisters.”
Tags: Art, Music, Hollywood, People, Brian, Bennett, Ethel Merman, Pauline Kael, Brian Kellow, 07.22.18

'The Sound Of Music' - The First Critic-Proof Movie Musical?

As beloved as the film was and is, The Sound of Music was not rapturously received by the critics back in 1965: Joan Didion despised "its suggestion that history need not happen to people ... Just whistle a happy tune, and leave the Anschluss behind," and Pauline Kael called it a "sugar-coated lie that ... […]
Tags: Art, Media, Joan Didion, Pauline Kael, 05.16.18

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Braid’

“Braid” is something of a throwback to certain films of the ’60s and ’70s, in which “psycho chillers,” giallos, and those art-house items that critic Pauline Kael called “Come-Dressed-As-The-Sick-Soul-of-Europe Parties” got all tangled up in supposedly shocking tales of decadence and perversion. Here, three young women — two on the lam, one off her gourd […]
Tags: Reviews, Europe, Sarah Hay, Tribeca Film Festival, Pauline Kael, Imogen Waterhouse, Tribeca Film Review, Mitzi Peirone

'Sharp' Is A Dinner Party You Want To Be At

Michelle Dean's new compendium of outspoken women is as stimulating and insightful as its roster of guests — ten writers, from Dorothy Parker to Pauline Kael, who pulled no punches on the page.(Image credit: Grove Press)
Tags: News, Michelle Dean, Pauline Kael, Dorothy Parker