Murder on the Orient Express and 1970’s Cinema

After Mark Steyn administers the appropriate thwacking to Branagh’s recent flop PC adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express – in which perhaps the worst crime is giving Poirot a preposterous walrus mustache – he moves on to speak glowingly of Sydney Lumet’s 1974 version: Oh, to be sure, Lumet’s Orient Express is of its time, and the color … More Murder on the Orient Express and 1970’s Cinema

Hermeneutics of Suspicion and the Problem with Film Critics

The Sunrise Motel makes note of the same Film School Rejects article that I did, and pulls a good description of the puritanical urge to sieve any piece of art for wrongthink, “hermeneutics of suspicion”. I might go a step farther than this, and say that a great deal of criticism is done not for … More Hermeneutics of Suspicion and the Problem with Film Critics

Wes Anderson Will Not Win an Oscar

His new film about animated dogs on a giant trash island near Japan is cultural appropriation, you see. twitter.com/i/moments/976653304972288000 This jibes entirely with my earlier prediction: “Dogs” will get nominated for this, and then lose to something Italian that gets a limited release in New York for a week. Because fuck Wes Anderson, that’s why.

Variety Starts Telling Us What Movies We Should Care About Next Year: A Fisking

I don’t care about the Oscars. I didn’t watch them, and haven’t for some years. I don’t require some Star Chamber of Weinstein-enablers to direct my tastes in cinema. I noticed the article because it let the mask slip: there’s a formula to all this nonsense, and there’s been a formula for some time: there’s … More Variety Starts Telling Us What Movies We Should Care About Next Year: A Fisking