Year in Film: 1979

Escape from Alcatraz

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I have been on a bit of a Clint Eastwood kick (again!) recently, and decided to return to Escape From Alcatraz, even though I saw it less than two years ago. Although this is first and foremost a Clint Eastwood movie, and he pretty much carries the whole film, there is some pretty solid direction […]

Love at First Bite

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Love at First Bite follows the adventures of Count Dracula after he is evicted from his castle by the communist Romanian government in order to turn it into an athletic training facility for Nadia Comaneci, and travels to a very ’70s New York, seeking his destiny in the form of Cindy Sondheim, a popular fashion […]

Monty Python’s Life of Brian

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Today was the first day of the Tokyo International Film Festival. I am covering the festival for a couple of publications this time around, and I was too busy running around getting photos of the opening ceremony and sorting through press releases to see a film. The festival’s opening film was The Social Network, which […]


Read Scum

The social issues dealt with in this film set entirely in a British borstal are so overwhelming, and the portrayal of them is harrowing, they can overwhelm the film and make it a bit hard to see it as a work of cinema. However, the writing in Scum is excellent throughout. A crucial scene comes […]

The Black Stallion

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I had remembered The Black Stallion as among the films I had seen in as a kid in movie theaters, but while watching it today I realized that probably what I remembered seeing was its sequel, The Black Stallion Returns. I would like to believe that I if I had seen the first film in […]

The Great Train Robbery

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This Sean Connery vehicle was directed by Michael Crichton and based on his own novel, which in turn was loosely based on a real train robbery that captured the imagination of Victorian England in 1855. Victorian life and the criminal underbelly of England were obviously meticulously researched by Crichton, who delights in adding his own […]

Time After Time

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The premise of Time After Time sounds like it would make a pretty ridiculous movie: author H.G. Welles (Malcolm McDowell) is entertaining friends at home in 1893, and reveals to them that he has actually built the time machine that appears in his famous novel. Little does he know, but one of his guests, a […]

Random Quote

“When this happened to Marie Antoinette she didn't lose her head.”
-Suzanne Pujol (Catherine Deneuve)
from Potiche