The 2017 Siddos

Oscar Schmoscar!  Nobody cares about that antiquated three-hour celebration of fuddy-duddies and their cold clammy takes on movies anymore! Roll with the times…it’s time for an awards show that gets that you’re too busy. It’s the 2017 Siddos! Put your hands together for The Chats! Shouldn’t take more than ten minutes, and none of that wrongContinue reading “The 2017 Siddos”

Don Draper 007 – You Only Live Twice

When it comes to combining music with television or cinema, I invariably remember movies or shows for those moments. When it’s done well, it’s exhilarating. Martin Scorcese, my sources tell me, championed using popular songs instead of original scores back in the early 1970s, as far back as Mean Streets. Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, GuyContinue reading “Don Draper 007 – You Only Live Twice”

Robin Williams Forever

I was loading my dirty clothes into a washer in the laundromat on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 95th Street one year ago today when I heard a brunette woman folding shirts a few feet to my left tell someone on the other end of her cell phone: “Yeah, he killed himself.” I couldn’t believeContinue reading “Robin Williams Forever”

The Dot And The Line

Happy Valentine’s Day! Made me remember this story I recently came across, this romance between some characters I hadn’t thought about since I was a little kid. They became more relatable after this video, which incidentally Steven Spielberg told me about over Skype. He said it was called the “Citizen Kane of animation”, basically it’sContinue reading “The Dot And The Line”

A Whole New Feeling

This eerie gray introduction scene to The Hudsucker Proxy captures New Year’s Eve so perfectly. I love every shot of the buildings in 1958/1959 New York, every written word is amazing and pin perfect AND the narrator’s voice is so good: “Come midnight it’s gonna be 1959. A whole nuther feeling. The new year. The future.Continue reading “A Whole New Feeling”

I Suppose You Think You Raised Hell.

Miller’s Crossing. (1990) I could argue it is my favorite Coens movie, and also my favorite gangster movie, along with Goodfellas (also released in 1990). Miller’s Crossing is very different from any other gangster film because of the trademark wit and clever wordplay that was so often the signature of the early Coens stuff. It’sContinue reading “I Suppose You Think You Raised Hell.”

“You are the Pan.”

I first saw Hook at the cinemas in December of 1991, it was a stunning movie to see at that age when you’re still not one hundred percent certain that the Peter Pan story is fictional. “The world’s a big place! It could happen, right? Hey, I’ve never been to London! Maybe Wendy’s window is magical!? MaybeContinue reading ““You are the Pan.””

Best Movies 2006-2011: Why So Serious?

This last week, I took it upon myself to investigate and determine ONCE AND FOR ALL what was the best movie of the past 5 years (2006-2011). Granted, best is a meaningless word really. What does best mean to you other than your personal favorite? That being said, I have personal favorites among many forms thatContinue reading “Best Movies 2006-2011: Why So Serious?”