293 posts categorized "Classic Cinema"

April 01, 2022

MIDNIGHT MOVIES: FROM THE MARGIN TO THE MAINSTREAM

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Screen Shot 2022-04-01 at 1.33.51 PMFilm buff essential.

This delightful documentary gives a precise history lesson about one of the key American cultural phenomenon of the 20th century.

In order of historical appearance on the midnight movie craze of the ‘70s, we get the low down on “El Topo” (1970), “Night of the Living Dead” (1968), “The Harder They Come” (1973), “Pink Flamingos” (1972), “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975), and “Eraserhead” (1977).

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Great clips and interviews with the filmmakers, programmers, and distributors make for a rollicking good time.

Bring back midnight screenings.

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We need ‘em.

5 Stars

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February 21, 2022

TEOREMA — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

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ColeSmithey.comShocking Cinema.

Pier Paolo Pasolini flexes his polemical and satirical muscle with Avant-garde panache.

Pasolini's formal approach establishes his strict dialectic.

Terence Stamp is exquisite as an interloping gigolo who seduces a bourgeoise family, one by one.

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Hilarious and chilling at once.

"Teorema's" sturdy structure allows Pasolini's rich metaphorical narrative to envelope the audience.

Enthralling.

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"Teorema" is a tour de force of filmmaking unlike anything else.

Answers and questions are left for the viewer to puzzle over.

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Life is fragile. Intimacy brings danger.

Social constructs are sitting ducks.

Pasolini is God, along with Iggy, Stiv, Mick, and Poly Styrene.

Not Rated. 98 mins. 

5 Stars

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February 17, 2022

PAPER MOON

ColeSmithey.comAn American classic.

Peter Bogdanovich's 1973 adaptation of "Addie Pray" (by Joe David Brown) is in black and white, like his first film "The Last Picture Show," another classic American film.

Depression era Kansas is a beautiful monster under László Kovács's fantastic cinematography.

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Tatum O'Neal deservedly won an Oscar for her nine-year-old performance as kid who takes to grifting like a fish to water, under the guidance of Ryan O'Neal's bible-selling con man Moses Pray.

The dad and daughter chemistry is off the charts.

Dollars add up.

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Madeleine Kahn is terrific as Trixie Delight.

Yep.

Rated PG. 102 mins. 

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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