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Comment Archives: stories: Film: Video Essays

Re: “Is Steve McQueen Really That Cool?

Sonds to me like the green-eyed Seitz main diet consists of sour grapes. "Thise that can't do...critisize...

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Posted by Terry on 07/03/2013 at 1:05 AM

Re: “Enter at Your Own Risk: The Scariest Movie Locations of All Time

The original (1959) House on Haunted Hill. I was young enough to be scared by the cheesy special effects the first time I saw it.

As far as Roger Corman-Vincent Price films go, The Masque of the Red Death scared me more than Pit and the Pendulum.

Posted by Smilla on 10/31/2012 at 10:25 PM

Re: “The Evolution of the Modern Blockbuster: Part 1

I was 16 in 1984 and 21 in 1989 and these movies were my life. I went from being a child to being a "man" in between these two bookmarks. I'm not sure what I have come here to say, but I will say that I loved this 5-part series. Thank you.

Posted by NoSalt on 10/06/2012 at 7:13 PM

Re: “We Love the Aughties: An End-of-Decade Clip Party, Part One

loved it, but.....no 25th hour?

also, you should consider expanding its "sharing" options. i'd love to be able to embed this video or share it on tumblr.

Posted by cici on 02/05/2011 at 2:06 AM

Re: “2010: Scenes from a Year in Film

Machete don't text.

Posted by NBurry on 12/21/2010 at 5:43 PM

Re: “2010: Scenes from a Year in Film

Actually, not really.

Posted by Mark Asch on 12/21/2010 at 2:55 PM

Re: “2010: Scenes from a Year in Film

Are there spoilers?

Posted by Ted on 12/21/2010 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Do the Right Thing Is About More Than Just Race

Really marvelous work —thanks for pointing the way to the Rosenbaum review, which I hadn't read. I think Sal's complexity has as much to do with Danny Aiello as Spike Lee; from the DVD commentary it sounds like Lee was fighting Aiello to make Sal less sympathetic. I guess Aiello likes playing basically nice guys. (Turturro, on the other hand...)

Posted by Matthew Dessem on 03/28/2010 at 11:01 PM

Re: “To Have and To Have Not: Class Envy in Film Noir

Regarding "hinky," credit where it's due: There's a pretty funny conversation about the word "hinky" in 1993's "The Fugitive." It officially entered my vocabulary after that -- though I can never pronounce it with quite the same flair as Tommy Lee Jones.

Posted by MZS on 03/28/2010 at 7:00 PM

Re: “To Have and To Have Not: Class Envy in Film Noir

...also, I think this is the first time I've ever heard the word "hinky" used!

Posted by Michael Guillen on 03/27/2010 at 3:04 PM

Re: “To Have and To Have Not: Class Envy in Film Noir

Matt: This is an entertaining and succinct analysis of The Prowler. I enjoy what might as well be a pullquote: "It's not just a classy thriller. It's a thriller about class." You've nailed Losey's thematic obsession and rendered it articulate through the lens of envy. Thanks!--Michael Guillen.

Posted by Michael Guillen on 03/27/2010 at 2:56 PM

Re: “We Love the Aughties: An End-of-Decade Clip Party, Part Two

Not bad. But Hustle & Flow is not good in any way whatsoever. That fucking song, my god...

Posted by moral_fibers on 02/16/2010 at 12:46 PM

Re: “This Video Will Get You Laid

nasty gay thing

Posted by Ninja on 02/14/2010 at 11:52 AM

Re: “This Video Will Get You Laid

Ahhhhhhh . .. . .

Posted by Nomi on 02/13/2010 at 1:58 AM

Re: “We Love the Aughties: An End-of-Decade Clip Party, Part Two

Pride and Predjudice? The one with Keira Knightley.

Posted by helen on 01/04/2010 at 3:30 PM

Re: “We Love the Aughties: An End-of-Decade Clip Party, Part Two

These are so great!! I just wanted to make one suggestion: The Proposition. Wow-- it's amazing to see what's happened in the last decade-- and I now have my marching orders for the next month.

Posted by El Guapo on 01/04/2010 at 8:57 AM

Re: “We Love the Aughties: An End-of-Decade Clip Party, Part Two

These compilations are wonderful. Thank you for putting them together. I especially appreciate your inclusion of Zodiac and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, two absolutely fantastic movies of 2007 that were too often overlooked and forgotten about. I'm also happy about the inclusion of the two Romanian gems, 4-3-2 and 12:08.

Posted by Alison on 01/01/2010 at 6:53 PM

Re: “We Love the Aughties: An End-of-Decade Clip Party, Part Two

Both were well done but I have to admit personal sadness at the omissions of Memento and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. I bet others will be looking for The Dark Knight.


Posted by Edward Copeland on 01/01/2010 at 2:36 AM

Re: “Is Steve McQueen Really That Cool?

I am OK with McQueen not being seen as a good actor He probably wasn't. He didn't have much of a range. He seems good enough for what he was though. I can't blame him for not stretching that much; the video points out how much he did suck when he tried to stretch. I disagree with this being seen as a personal failure. He was who he was.

He embodied a certain type of masculinity. Pretty metrosexual. Adventure oriented. Aloof and cool. Kind of narcissistic. For a while that was good enough to make him a movie star.

Posted by lemmy caution on 12/30/2009 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Quentin Tarantino in His Own Words

Tarantino did an interview with Charlie Rose where he says that he considers himself more of a writer than a filmmaker. He also reveals (I didn't know, at least) that he wrote Kill Bill as a book first, and then adapted it to the movie, which I thought was interesting.

Posted by Not so revelatory on 12/17/2009 at 7:17 PM

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