I revisited Mission: Impossible (1996) after seeing De Palma (2015), the documentary on Director Brian De Palma, who worked beside but more so under the shadows of Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola back in the prime of American filmmaking – the 70s. To me, De Palma has always been an intensely average […]
STOP QUOTING from Anton LaVey in order to prove your point. I am fatigued of hearing his stupid quotes, and it has little to do with the fact that he’s a self-declared Satanist. Anton LaVey is nothing less than a spook. At best he’s a detour. It’s actually difficult to quantify the amount of damage […]
Hard Eight (1996) Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson Cast: Phillip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow Hard Eight, the meticulously crafted first feature from Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, There Will be Blood), is completely and unpredictably engrossing. From the very beginning, when Sydney (Phillip Baker Hall) […]
Brian Raftery’s film criticism book Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen has had many pop culture pundits gazing twenty years back to 1999 as a creative pinnacle of modern cinema. Frankly, I don’t fully buy the claim that the year was anything special, as many of the examples cited as […]
Duration 1h 35m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Paul Thomas Anderson Writers/Script Paul Thomas Anderson Starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzmán, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Elevator Pitch: Barry Egan is the owner of a small wholesaler of novelty bathroom equipment operating from an industrial unit, in a […]
Originally published in Sight and Sound; London Vol. 10, Iss. 12, (Dec 1, 2000): 16.
I think I know why, at the end of The Master, Lancaster Dodd sings to Freddie Quell that “I’d like to get you, on a slow boat, to China.” Unfortunately, interpreting meaning might be stupid. At the beginning of the movie, and the end of World War II, Freddie and his fellow sailors are having (slightly […]
Ben Phillips & Matt Waters are sick to death of Oscar contenders so have decided to get their spy on instead, examining how the Mission: Impossible, Bourne and James Bond franchises have danced around each other over the years. Where’s the Rabbit’s Foot?
1977. A time when love was free, the porn industry is booming and anything is possible. I don’t know guys, Paul Thomas Anderson just has a really groovy of looking at things. It’s time to strip down for Boogie Nights. Visionary porn director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) wants to elevate his movies to an art […]