The Kind Words

Reviewing Shemi Zarhin’s The Kind Words: Is Perfection Enough?

How important is scope when determining a movie’s value? I am taunted by this question every time I get into an argument with someone over the relative worth of a virtually perfect smaller movie – say, The Full Monty – and a highly flawed, grand endeavour – say, Gangs of New York. At the risk…

By Jonathan Eig
Boxing Helena

Revisiting Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s ‘Boxing Helena’

David Lynch is an undeniable master of his craft, a true maverick and one the greatest surrealist filmmakers of all time. In 1993 his daughter, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, would attempt to follow in his footsteps with her bizarre and disturbing directorial debut, Boxing Helena. However, after a harsh critical response and poor box office returns…

By Corin Totin
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Jason Bourne and everything that’s wrong with Hollywood today

The five biggest movies that opened in the USA in the last weekend of July, 2016 had the following Rotten Tomato scores: 76, 62, 58, 57, 50. For those of you who don’t know, RT considers a movie to be “Fresh” if it has 60 or higher, and “Rotten” is it falls under 60. So,…

By Jonathan Eig
film writing

A Tip for Film Writers: Always Be Writing

Many times I hear writers say they are stuck or are in a writer’s slump because no ideas are coming, or because they don’t know what to write. They want an original idea for a film that nobody has ever seen before. They want the next great original idea that rocks the film world. Some…

By John Montana
The Trotsky

The Trotsky and Youths’ Red Life

The first time I watched The Trotsky (dir. Jacob Tierney) I was nineteen years old and had just finished participating in my local Occupy. Huddled underneath a blanket awkwardly wrapped around my body, there I sat in my unheated bedroom, a fierce winter wind howling just metres from my small cinema; though I was cold…

By Curtis Cole
The Man Who Fell to Earth

David Bowie & The Man Who Fell To Earth: Seeking Grace after the Fall

The tragic passing of British rock legend, trendsetting male fashionista and film star David Bowie, in January of 2016 from cancer, marked the end of one of the greatest chapters in both music and cinema. Bowie was a force to be reckoned with, whether onscreen playing roles ranging from the charming and villainous Goblin King…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
Prisoner of War - Rescue Dawn

Six great Prisoner of War films you might not have seen

Ever since there has been war, there have been prisoners of war. In times gone by, they might have been sold into slavery, recruited into the winning side, or just killed out of hand. As societies became more civilised, they began to treat prisoners with more care, putting them in camps under guard, and providing…

By Pete Johnson