Hollywood’s first $260 million Western, The Lone Ranger, features Johnny Depp wearing a bird on his head. He also talks in the most stereotypical ‘Injun’ speak this side of John Singing Rock. Depp once said this: “The whole reason I wanted to play Tonto is to try to [mess] around with the stereotype of the […]
For fans of Korean cinema, there may be no director who has attained more worship than Chan-Wook Park. His seminal work, Oldboy, is currently in remake mode in Hollywood, much to the chagrin of that film’s many fans (although with this cast – and Spike Lee behind the camera – fear about that adaptation will […]
“Home is now behind you. The world is ahead.” The Lord of the Rings films came out immediately after I graduated college. I was a small fish entering a huge, unexplored pond. While the fate of the world wasn’t entrusted to me like it was to Frodo I could, to a certain degree, relate to […]
Although director Guillermo del Toro is hard at work on Pacific Rim, his much anticipated “giant robots vs. monsters” flick, he’s still finding time to foster the careers of young, exciting directors by producing their films. The past few years has seen him nurture the names behind some pretty great genre flicks – Juan Antonio […]
Steven Spielberg is one of cinemas greatest directors. Daniel Day-Lewis is one of cinemas greatest actors. I’m not quite sure what took them so long to get together and make a movie, but they finally have and you can taste the bearing of their fruit below.
Joe Dante spent the ’80’s making imaginative, fun, and borderline schlocky fantasy/horror films. Piranha, Gremlins, Innerspace, The ‘burbs – these films are quintessential ’80’s cinema, and although he hasn’t made anything that memorable in quite some time, his Corman-meets-Spielberg style is unique to that decade. His films were mischievous, if not edgy, but they also […]
In the early 1980’s, director Brian De Palma had audiences concerned for his mental well being with the kinky trifecta of Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, and Body Double. Scarface was made in between these films, but that film fetishized outlandish violence not the sexed up, various degrees of camp of the three other films. […]