This past week I made my brother, Douglas, watch Network for the very first time. A film which, if you’ve never seen, is about a famed news anchor and journalist who has a mental breakdown on air and becomes a televangelist who is allowed to spew his truth about this universe just because he magically got ratings. While watching this movie I had a bit of an awakening of sorts, though not to the same degree of Howard Beale.
I watched closely as my brother’s disdain for the film grew and later on he said nothing other than, “it’s just a bunch of monologues.” If it’s one thing he’s not wrong. Continue reading
This week, or should I say 2 weeks ago, this is another late upload but it’s fun and a long episode anyways, we sit down to discuss Bill Paxton’s directorial debut with the 2001 film Frailty. Continue reading
The reason why I love films like The Rock, Drunken Master, The Good The Bad and The Ugly and even Blazing Saddles is that more than anything else the films have that “did you see that?” quality to them. They’re ridiculous, flashy and keep us moving in a way that doesn’t ask too much of the audience. Sholay is a film that does just this and possibly more. Infusing western cinema with the idea of the vast western, riffing on well known motifs, and sometimes even lifting complete shots from films such as Once Upon a Time in the West and The Magnificent Seven we see the answer to the question of what would be if India adopted Westerns with a tone of Blaxspoitation cinema and threw some musical sequences in the middle of it all.
It seems apt that I make Sholay my blindspot entry from the month of May, because it feels like the perfect summer movie. It feels as if someone was in a lab constructing this film from all the best elements of entertainment for maximum enjoyment while at the same time lost in how to reign in any sense of control over what they were doing. When half-way through the film we discover the reason for Thakur’s (Sanjeev Kumar) reason for his need to have Gabbar (Amjad Khan) captured you feel as though we’ve seen a too much. Continue reading
If you’ve listened to my most recent recording of the Movies You Love Podcast, which if you haven’t you should subscribe to, where I talked about all my current feelings about writing and how it tied into me not working and generally feeling a little bit lethargic and distracted in being proactive about this website, then yay you. Wow that’s a long sentence. All those things still remain true, but damn me if I don’t try to keep chugging along nonetheless.
I’ve been doing this weekly update of just listing the films I’ve been watching with a running total of what’s been happening in my film discoveries for the last couple years that I’ve dubbed What I’ve Been Watching – guys… I’m really bad at coming up with names for stuff — which was mainly inspired by Mr. McNeil (or the man that runs movie blogging I believe) and helped suffice for a post to fill in a Saturday while I was trying to remain a post-a-day kind of guy. Well a post-a-day guy I am not any longer. I’ll still be updating the site as time goes by, but with my tenacity at keeping my Letterboxd up to date on a daily basis when I do watch films I find it almost useless to do the weekly update. Continue reading
Yes. For those of you paying attention the show has been a bit of a hiatus. With the last episode released, being the one where I shine the spotlight on my own film enthusiasm, having been released roughly two months ago. I go into much more detail about the last few months in the first few minutes of this show and I’ll let that be it’s only discussion point.
However, here it is and it’s back. The illustrious Movies You Love show. So listen and enjoy, or in another order if you will as you hear Kyle Turner of Movie Mezzanine and many other homes discuss Stranger than Fiction. Continue reading