It’s Friday. (More than) half the country is in a funk. Thanksgiving is next week. Work is crazy. So, instead of obsessing over politics or reading another essay about how to hack your way to greatness, I thought I’d just go light today and run down a list of my favorites.
“This was a murdered movie.“ So begins Roger Ebert’s home video review of Once Upon a Time in America, the final film from legendary director Sergio Leone.
Note: I originally published this in early 2016 and in the 18 months since, I still have not seen any of the films on this list, including the two most recent Best Picture winners. The list continues to grow… When my wife and I first started dating, I lived in Philly and she lived justContinue reading “21 Acclaimed Films I (Still) Have Yet to See”
It’s no secret how much I love Philadelphia.
Quentin Tarantino has come a long way from his 1987 amateur film, My Best Friend’s Birthday. He’s a genius and an auteur and when he stops making movies, it will be a loss for us all.
We are living in the age of the podcast. Old media individuals (including the incomparable Howard Stern) may call them “losers” and scoff at audience size or ad revenue, but podcasts are both the present and the future. One look at the phenomenon of Serial proves that.
Jim Casey has a great YouTube page full of fascinating videos, but my favorite is this quick look at the way Quentin Tarantino’s films have evolved over his career, from his amateur film all the way to now. And it’s only four minutes.
Quentin Tarantino is a genius. We can argue the details, but as a filmmaker, he is almost unmatched. Pulp Fiction alone changed cinema forever. He can work in any style and deliver a fantastic film. Nearly every film is not only good or even great, but spectacular. Even his weakest effort (and the fact that noContinue reading “Quentin Tarantino’s Amateur Film”
It is often said that so many things need to go right on a movie set that it’s amazing that any films survive long enough to make it to the theater. Also, many scripts and plans take years to develop with various directors and actors becoming attached to productions before dropping out of them andContinue reading “Movie What Ifs”
Pulp Fiction is one of those films where it’s hard to imagine anyone portraying the characters other than the actors that were ultimately in the film. However, this list of Tarantino’s dream actors for the cast is great. For me, the most interesting case is Lance, the drug dealer in a robe, who was ultimatelyContinue reading “Quentin Tarantino’s Original Wish List for the Cast of “Pulp Fiction””