The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

Practical Summer movies, what a zone to enter! What a collection of thrills, disappointments and adventures of different kinds! Sometimes for me they take me to a sublime place: “King Kong”, “Van Helsing”. Most times it is just noise. If it is cinematic, I’ll credit it with space in my life. Yes, I know the… Continue reading The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

King Kong (2005)

The Tempest We can all celebrate. Jackson has now solidly replaced Spielberg. Most folks know that the 1933 “Kong” changed the world in fundamental ways. The world of movie imagination was in its earliest phases, so quite apart from the innovations of animation and dramatic scoring, the engineering of the narrative was radical and important… Continue reading King Kong (2005)

Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (1978)

Thieves There’s a blanket term in film criticism, reflexivity. Its an odd word. It denotes something where outside and inside are merged or mixed, where viewer and viewed overlap. And yet the word itself is not reflexive, it stands aloof. While the root comes from reflection, and the direct form would be reflective, the whole… Continue reading Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (1978)

Jungle Jitters (1938)

Bamboozled I usually see these “banned” things and react variously. I think Amos and Andy, for instance is ennobling, and the often respected “Song of the South” disgusting in it racial typing. This one seems pretty offensive too, especially at the beginning where multi-hued cannibals prance around in what must be a near carbon copy… Continue reading Jungle Jitters (1938)