Misery

Misery (1990) Director: Rob Reiner This twisted and delightfully awkward horror film is based on the 1987 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film tells the story of a successful novel series writer, Paul Sheldon (James Caan) who escapes to the remote Colorado countryside to write in the winter. He is hoping to … Continue reading Misery

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Director: Frank Darabont The Shawshank Redemption is the film that made Morgan Freeman's classic narration a household staple. The film is based on the Stephen King novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption published in 1982. Frank Darabont directed other Stephen King stories put to film, such as The Green Mile. The Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven … Continue reading The Shawshank Redemption

Memento

Memento (2001) Director: Christopher Nolan The idea for Memento came from a screenplay idea by Christopher Nolan's brother, Jonathan Nolan. Memento is the second feature film by Nolan, the first being self-funded called Following. Guy Pearce stars in the film as a man suffering from acute amnesia, in which he can only remember things that happened within the … Continue reading Memento

Gladiator

Gladiator (2000) Director: Ridley Scott Gladiator is the modern warrior-revenge epic film. Of course, the film stars Russell Crowe, in his finest performance as the Spaniard-Roman general, Maximus Decimus Meridius, alongside Joaquin Phoenix, the pale and greedy son, Commodus, who murders his father, the noble Marcus Aurelius, in pursuit of power. Maximus is favored by Marcus … Continue reading Gladiator

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) Director: Lotte Reiniger The Adventures of Prince Achmed is remarkable primarily because it is the oldest surviving animated feature film. Apparently there were two even earlier animated films created in Argentina, but those are now lost. Several avant-garde and abstract artists and filmmakers were involved in the creation of this … Continue reading The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019) Director: Quentin Tarantino Tarantino's latest deliberately historically revisionist and ultra violent film (though not til the very ending) is a somewhat different film from his other recent notables, like Django or The Hateful Eight. It stars: Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch and others. It is Tarantino's ninth film … Continue reading Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Us

Us (2019) Director: Jordan Peele Us is the follow-up to Peele's celebrated contemporary horror film Get Out released in 2017. It stars Lupita N'yong'o, a Kenyan American actress. Us tells the story of Adelaide Wilson and her family on vacation in Santa Cruz, CA when they are mysteriously attacked by a group of Doppelgängers - a pseudo-German word … Continue reading Us