P.T. Anderson is back in theaters, with Inherent Vice gaining a wide release this weekend. He has built quite a career for himself. Any conversation about the best American filmmakers working today has to include his name. Over the years, he has developed a style all his own, complete with recurring themes, actors, and even individual elements. I’ve put it all together in a scorecard. Continue reading
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Re-Watchterpiece Theater is a series that explores the organic way that attitudes about films change after you watch them a second time, a third time, or more, further down the line than the original viewing.
Today’s Re-Watchterpiece Theater episode has been in the works for a long time, although it took an unfortunate event to make it happen. I’ve been meaning to re-watch Magnolia for at least a year now. My attitude about P.T. Anderson has changed so much in that time. And it took the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman to serve as the spark. Continue reading
This weekend was a great one for themes. There were two films from 1999 in the mix, three Japanese Criterion films, two ghost movies (technically, one of those two had a lot more than just ghosts), and two films that dug deep into the psyche of the business of sports. For good measure, Elijah Wood made an appearance in a gimmicky Hitchcockian thriller involving a piano. This is the movie weekend that was. Continue reading
It hasn’t been uncommon for groups to avoid getting their due in Hollywood. For the most part, women were relegated to second class citizens in early Hollywood. Of course, they had pivotal roles but it was only through the male protagonists that most of them had any role at all. Eventually, this wrong was righted and more and more weighty roles went to actresses. A similar arc happened with African-Americans in cinema. But there’s one group that has never gotten the proper due from Hollywood- frogs. Today, I’m here to help the healing begin. Here are some great frogs of Hollywood. Continue reading