Author: David Bezanson

Star Trek: Season Three

Star Trek: Season Three

Everyone knows the sixties were a time of rapid social change, but just how rapid becomes obvious when re-watching the original Star Trek -- daring and original in some ways, retro in others. For better...

Movie Review posted on 7th December 2008

South Pacific (1958)

South Pacific (1958)

This is an embarrassing statement for a man to make but I think that South Pacific is one of my favorite old movies. As an art form, the musical is dubious at best....

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Eragon

Eragon

Christopher Paolini began writing Eragon, a fantasy novel about dragons, elves, and a farmboy who finds out that his destiny is to destroy an evil empire, when he was 15 years old. Those themes may...

Movie Review posted on 17th December 2006

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Most film adaptations of classic books are inferior to the books they are based on. This is partly because the written word allows more nuance than the camera, but also because great books don't always...

Movie Review posted on 7th December 2006

Idiocracy

Idiocracy

Political correctness is an annoying term, and an even more annoying concept. At first it was supposedly bad to be "politically incorrect," then it was supposed to be good, then Bill Maher used it as...

Movie Review posted on 7th September 2006

Intolerance

Intolerance

David Wark Griffith was in many ways the first film director -- a master craftsman who invented modern film editing and camerawork and originated many (most?) of the cinematic devices used today. His silent...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Come Back, Little Sheba

Come Back, Little Sheba

Come Back, Little Sheba is among the best of several booze-obsessed Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s (The Lost Weekend, Days of Wine and Roses, and The Country Girl covered the same territory). Adapted from the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Imagine: John Lennon

Imagine: John Lennon

Part rediscovery, part reinvention, Imagine: John Lennon portrays Lennon the icon. There are enough personal glimpses to make it worthwhile, even moving -- but watching Lennon clown around with his mates in A Hard Day's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Live from Baghdad

Live from Baghdad

Nothing fascinates the media as much as itself. So it should come as no surprise that one of the best films (so far) about the 1990-91 Gulf War is a drama about the reporters...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Charly

Charly

This adaptation of Daniel Keyes' sci-fi novel Flowers for Algernon is slow and very dated, but manages to pull itself together for a fairly powerful ending. Keyes's book took a rather silly premise -- a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

American Graffiti

American Graffiti

The Star Wars prequels have tarnished his rep a little, but give him his due --- George Lucas once understood the possibilities and limitations of film like few others. Lucas' second feature film, American Graffiti,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Last Waltz

The Last Waltz

The Band were one of the best rock groups of the '60s and '70s, creating a unique brand of music that incorporated elements of folk, blues, and soul -- ironically, at the time when those...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Darling

Darling

Julie Christie stars in a role written for her: the brazen bird Diana Scott, a swinging Londoner who is discovered by a reporter for a street interview, then rises through the European modeling/acting world by...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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