Director Audio Commentaries – June 2017

Here is the list of Director Audio Commentaries that I’ve listen to for – June 2017 Auto Focus – Audio Commentary with director Paul Schrader Hardcore – Audio Commentary with director Paul Schrader Mishima- Audio Commentary with director Paul Schrader The Last Temptation of Christ – Audio Commentary with director Martin Scorsese New York, New…

Director Audio Commentaries – May 2017

Here is the list of Director Audio Commentaries that I’ve listen to for – May 2017 Primer – Audio Commentary with director Shane Carruth Point Blank – Audio Commentary with director John Boorman and Steven Soderbergh Blue Collar – Audio Commentary with director Paul Schrader Hardcore – Audio Commentary with director Paul Schrader The Third…

Films Watched – June 2017

Here is the current list of movies that I have seen from June 2017: Streetwise (Martin Bell, 1984) Fast Company (David Cronenberg, 1979) Sweet Sixteen (Ken Loach, 2002) Notfilm (Ross Lipman, 2015) The Godfather (Francis ford Coppola, 1972) Ride in the Whirlwind (Monte Hellman, 1966) Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964) Saint Jack (Peter Bogdanovich, 1979) American…

Films Watched – May 2017

Here is the current list of movies that I have seen from May 2017: Viridiana (Luis Buñuel, 1961) Winstanley (Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo, 1975) Prick Up Your Ears (Stephen Frears, 1987) Rumble Fish (Francis Ford Coppola, 1983) Kafka (Steven Soderbergh, 1991) A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang, 1991) Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985) Me and Me…

Films Wanted

I am currently seeking the following films and film commentaries. If you have access to either please contact me. © – denotes audio commentary only The Way We Live Now (Director: Barry Brown, 1970) The Cool World (Director: Shirley Clarke, 1964) ©Raging Bull (Scorsese, 1980) Audio commentary with Martin Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker ©The…

All That Heaven Allows – Escaping the Suburban Nightmare

By the 1950’s, the bourgeois values of the middle class were under threat by both women’s taste of independence during the World War II as well as cold war paranoia about the communist abolition of gender class. American post war melodrama acknowledges that traditional roles, although emotionally unfulfilling, are safe and healthy. In this context,…

Films Watched – March and April 2017

Life is too short to waste on superficial films, so I devote all my time and energy seeking out the best cinema the world has to offer. Here is the current list of movies that I have seen from March and April 2017: The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971) Payday (Daryl Duke, 1972) Comrades (Bill Douglas, 1986) Les…

The Exorcist – Cinema as Right Wing Propaganda

The Exorcist (Friedkin, 1973) presents a tale of demonic possession through the filter of ultra-conservative values. Framed as a classic horror narrative about the nature of evil in modern times, the film also works as a critique of liberal and progressive roles in American society. By 1971, the Vietnam War was responsible for over 50,000…

Jaws – The Terror of Racial Integration

Jaws (Spielberg, 1975) presents a metaphor for the fear and upheaval caused by court mandated student busing initiated to achieve a racial balance in American public schools. The panic engulfing the citizens of Amity as a murderous shark trolls the local waters for prey mirrors predominantly white communities’ passionate overreaction to the government’s well intentioned…

Focus in Blue – Police in Contemporary American Cinema

The depiction of law enforcement in contemporary American cinema utilizes the “Blue Focus” compelling the camera to empathize and forgive white, male police despite the legal misdeeds that transpire onscreen. The result shapes the audience’s attitudes towards the relationship between law enforcement and minorities in society. Films featuring African-American actors in positions of legal authority…