The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

Starring Kitty Winn as Helen and Al Pacino as Bobby, the Panic in Needle Park is a sad and unusual love story of two addicts whose codependency on narcotics and each other drives them towards the  road of pain, abuse and betrayal. Although we do not reach Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream levels of soul […]

The Wiz (1978)

From the very beginning, I knew this was either going to be a complete train wreck or something really special. On a conceptual level alone the idea of an urban retelling of the Wizard of Oz with an entirely black cast in the late 70s had plenty of merit and potential in it. When you […]

Live by Night (2016)

Let’s just get this out of the way, shall we: While it’s true that Live by Night does lack the right type of dramatic weight to allow it to become part of the greater canon of gangster epics, that doesn’t mean it’s a particularly bad movie by any measure. I walked out of Live by […]

Spartacus (1960)

This is one of those “fill the hole in my pop culture score card” films. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by the famous blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and starring none of other than Kirk Douglas, who recently just turned a round one years old, Spartacus is cinema classic and a throwback to an era […]

Halloween (1978)

It sort of blows my mind that this is nearly forty years old film already. That means Jamie Lee Curtis is nearly sixty! I mean, sure, she’s been gray for some years now, but geez, where does the time go? I wasn’t even born when this was made and it still makes me feel old […]

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

When you watch an old horror movie starring Vincent Price, you pretty much know what you’re in for.  It’s never going to be anything particularly gruesome by today’s desensitized standards, but it is almost guaranteed to be silly, funny, and if you’re lucky, unfiltered cheesy camp. It’s always a sheer pleasure to watch Prince’s movies, […]

Elle (2016)

It’s true what they say about Elle. You just couldn’t imagine it being made in America, especially without having to heavily water down the content and attempting to make the central character, Michèle, more likable. The movie’s dark tone combined with its slightly morbid sense of humor would probably be seen as a total complete […]