Director Audio Commentaries – September 2017

Here is the list of Director Audio Commentaries that I’ve listen to for – September 2017 Nuts in May – Audio Commentary with director Mike Leigh Minnie and Moskowitz – Audio Commentary with actors Seymour Cassel and Gena Rowlands The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner – Audio Commentary with film historian Robert Murphy, actor…

Films Watched – August 2017

Here is the current list of movies that I have seen from August 2017: Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000) Tony Takitani (Jun Ichikawa, 2004) The Sacrament (Ti West, 2013) Nói Albinói (Dagur Kári, 2003) Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949) Art School Confidential (Terry Zwigoff, 2006) Straight On till Morning (Peter Collinson, 1972) Our Man…

Films Watched – July 2017

Here is the current list of movies that I have seen from July 2017: The World’s Greatest Sinner (Timothy Carey, 1962) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948) Brute Force (Jules Dassin, 1947) Cold Fever (Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, 1995) Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935) Charleen (Ross McElwee, 1980) Buffalo ’66 (Vincent Gallo, 1998)…

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…