Archive | May, 2012


15 May

Dark Shadows

Retreating into dark shadows and having a private but very audible sob was my reaction to watching the trailer for Tim Burton’s latest catastrophe. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter have shown Burton unrivalled loyalty in recent years (one senses they’re in on some sort of terribly unfunny joke) as he slowly undoes any of the good will that his early work may have garnered with clangers following swiftly on from stinkers. The fact that Dark Shadows shows little sign of breaking that run means that save for Corpse Bride, Burton hasn’t made a good film since Mars Attacks in 1996 and even that was iffy at times.

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Midnight Cowboy (1969)

15 May

Frankly, you’re beginning to smell and for a stud in New York, that’s a handicap.

Fitzcarraldo (1982)

14 May

I must stop my ship!

24 Hour Party People (2002)

13 May

And tonight something equally epoch-making is taking place. See? They’re applauding the DJ. Not the music, not the musician, not the creator, but the medium. This is it. The birth of rave culture. The beatification of the beat. The dance age. This is the moment when even the white man starts dancing. Welcome to Manchester.

From the Archives: Wah Do Dem (2009)

12 May

Guerrilla indie filmmaking meets slacker road movie, “Wah Do Dem” is a well crafted black comedy that benefits from its raw, improvisational feel. Conceived when young filmmaking duo, Ben Chace and Sam Fleischner decided to turn a cruise Chace had won in a raffle into a film project, “Wah Do Dem” follows the hapless Max (a well observed Sean Bones) as he embarks on a cruise from New York to Jamaica and subsequently stumbles from one misfortune to the next. It’s a touching and sometimes farcical tale that touches on cultural isolation, loneliness and how desperate situations can sometimes be a blessing in disguise.

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Live and Let Die (1973)

12 May

You ain’t gonna see the sunlight unless you answer me!

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

11 May

I came here to drink myself to death.

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

10 May

The heathen is here…

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

9 May

All they have to do is to eat three or four children and there’d be the most appalling publicity.

The Birthday Party (1931)

8 May

Give one little blow like this…