Archive for September, 2009

New Classics: Boogie Nights and The Matrix

Posted in JAGP with tags , , , , on September 24, 2009 by Jared Parmenter

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I love PT Anderson. He hasn’t made a movie yet that I don’t enjoy; Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, and especially There Will Be Blood are all fantastic films which contain hidden fruits rewarding repeated viewing and discussion. Yet each of these masterpieces (yes, all of his films are masterpieces!) has a hard outer surface, a lattice of desperation and obfuscation which make them slightly inaccessible, at least initially. On the other hand, Boogie Nights, Anderson’s first well-known film (ok, Hard Eight isn’t quite a masterpiece), starts out with a bang, and never lets go, pulling you in from the first notes of the intro until the final money shot.
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New Classics: Moonstruck and Wayne’s World

Posted in Samuel C. Doob with tags , , , on September 23, 2009 by sdoob

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Maybe I should have picked Look Who’s Talking for my Modern Classic.  But I didn’t.  Moonstruck has been my gag reflex for the, “What’s your favorite movie?” question, for years.  Why?  I’d like to say, “Because it’s the best.”  But this is a review.  Saying, “It’s the best,” is not good enough; I have to explain my opinions. Continue reading

New Classics: Bottle Rocket and Point Break

Posted in Timothy Parfitt with tags , , , , on September 22, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

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In hindsight, Bottle Rocket, the low budget genre mash-up that catapulted Wes Anderson and the Wilson brothers to fame, fits nicely into Andersen’s oeuvre.  Anderson has progressively raised the scope and vision of his films, but I believe Bottle Rocket is his true masterpiece. The film not only stylishly refutes the media’s portrayal of downer Generation X, it  also manages to be the best romantic comedy of the last two decades.

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New Classics: T2 and The Killer

Posted in New Classic with tags , , , , , on September 21, 2009 by hgish

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New Feature: New Classics

Posted in New Classic, Samuel C. Doob, Timothy Parfitt with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2009 by illwatchanything

We are excited to announce our new weekly feature: NEW CLASSICS. Each week, our IWA contributors will nominate two movies made since 1980, and will write short pieces explaining their pick and the importance of that film. Our definitive list will included fifty such classics. On Saturday, we (and hopefully, you the reader) will be able to vote on which five films deserve to be added to the canon. Any reader may leave a vote in the comments section and it will be counted against our own! Come give us hell.

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Is Mad Max affecting the Health Care debate? Road Warriors, Blade Runners, futursangst and America’s Mindspace

Posted in Ruminations and Dedications, Timothy Parfitt with tags , , , on September 19, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

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When people bring up these so-called “death panels,” I can’t help but chuckle.  I think opposing heath care reform for fscal reasons is perfectly valid, but this ubiquitous idea of death panels seems to rely heavily on individuals’ imaginations; specifically, an imagination weaned on the filmic treatments of future dystopia.  I am putting forth here that America is so media and movie saturated that we can no longer imagine the future without using the sci-fi movies of the 70’s and 80’s as reference. Continue reading

Alien’s 30th anniversary; About us

Posted in Timothy Parfitt with tags , , , on September 18, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

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This past week I had the pleasure of catching Alien on the big screen.  It was playing at the Music Box Theater in celebration of its 30th Anniversary.  The film is as fresh as ever, but in some ways it feels way older than that.

The sound design largely forgoes music, instead surrounding the audience with distant clanks and cavernous echoes.  As a result, watching the Nostromo crew (minus Ripley) slowly realize their fate as alien food, you, the viewer, feel quite trapped.  The tension builds steadily, and when the monsters are finally revealed, it’s terrifying and cathartic cinema.

Director Ridley Scott’s use of such measured pacing in the first half of Alien firmly sets this film into the category of Old Classic.*  Which brings me to my rant, i mean, mission statment Continue reading