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The 25 greatest films of the 21st Century… Thus Far

Blame Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott. They drew first blood. A couple of weeks back, the NY Times critics published an essay called “The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century…So Far.” It was a pretty good list, but cineastes and film fans that despise the word “cineaste” the world over began compiling their own,…

By Jonathan Eig
Sanjuro

Message Movies: Liking Films Despite Their Perspectives

You’ve got to admit that CURNBLOG’s readers have a deep memory. Witness a comment posted by “Carlos” in response to my recent article on the movie The Promise (2016) and a statement I made in it that said this: I don’t usually urge cinephiles to run after movies with messages for altruistic purposes, as I,…

By Simon Hardy Butler
2001 A Space Odyssey A Clockwork Orange

Puppet The Critic Show – 2001: A Clockwork Odyssey

What if I told you that A Clockwork Orange was THE SEQUEL to 2001: A Space Odyssey? After first hearing this, you might think it was absurd. But upon further investigation, you may find that there’s more to it than you might think. Consider the scene in 2001 in which Moon-Watcher throws the bone into…

By Puppet
T2 Trainspotting

From Beauty and the Beast to Trainspotting 2: Is 2017 any good?

I’ve written before on CURNBLOG about why movies released at the beginning of the calendar year are generally wretched. I’d include a link here, but you all can get off your asses (figuratively; actually you only have to type a few words into a Google search) and find it for yourselves. Sorry, I’m just in…

By Jonathan Eig
Wargames

Cinema Soupçons in ‘WarGames’ and ‘North by Northwest’

I can’t think of two movies that are more alike than WarGames (1983) and North by Northwest (1959). Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. All right: a vast exaggeration. But let’s look at the similarities between them. They’re both thrillers. They both deal tangentially with the Cold War. They both feature characters on…

By Simon Hardy Butler
The President’s Analyst

The President’s Analyst: The 50th anniversary of a prescient classic

“We, the undersigned mental health professionals, believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of the President of the United States.” That is how a recent Change.org petition began and it gathered close to 30,000 signatures in a few weeks.…

By Jonathan Eig