Cinema

Over the years many, including the late Roger Ebert, have labeled Apocalypse Now as the greatest of all war films, and among the greatest works of cinema. In the most recent Sight & Sound Critics Poll, Apocalypse Now ranked #14; Ebert himself included it on his ballot of the ten greatest films. On the Sight & Sound Directors Poll, Apocalypse Now ranked #6, earning votes from the likes of Q...

Unlike its predecessors — or any movie that has ever been released — The Dark Knight Rises‘ release was marred by a horrible shooting that occurred inside a theater in Aurora, Colorado during a midnight screening of the film that resulted in 12 deaths and 70 more injuries. I can still remember waking up the morning of the film’s release and dropping my jaw at the news, sinc...

As the new millennium’s second decade has progressed, one thing has become increasingly clear: the monoculture has collapsed. What made the pop culture of the ’90s so magical was the occurrence of phenomenons — for better or worse, you simply couldn’t ignore what was in the zeitgeist at any given moment. Back then, the number of ways information and entertainment was transm...

The page was turned on Batman Begins quite quickly, as I recall. Director Christopher Nolan made another movie the following year called The Prestige that also prominently featured Christian Bale and Michael Caine, and I can remember seeing commercials for it and hearing people say, “So is that supposed to be another Batman Begins or what?” Batman Begins also had the misfortune of bein...

The image of the chair in the title card says it all: the throne is empty throughout The Godfather Part II. Even though Michael (Al Pacino) is the new Don in the present and we also get to see the young Vito’s (Robert De Niro) conquest in the past, Don Vito Corleone as we got to know him in Part I through Marlon Brando is forever gone and is ultimately irreplaceable. Even in the closing mome...

The three-act structure: supposedly every film has it. Or so my Intro to Scriptwriting professor told me anyway when I was a sophomore in college. On the first day of the semester, he began by asking the class, “What if I told you every movie had the same structure?” and made a chart of some movies — The Godfather, Jaws, Borat, and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle — ever...

Joseph Stalin once brilliantly pointed out, “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” This fully sums up both the madness of war when it is executed on a mass scale and, perhaps more tellingly, how it is so continually rationalized in the civilized world. In the distant past, wars required no justification on the part of the ruler other than a customary notice to ...

Many, many details in Gladiator are simply not accurate. The character Maximus is a necessary fiction; having characters make patently false statements like “Rome was founded as a republic” is something of a head scratcher. Curiously, the Wikipedia article on Gladiator makes no mention of this in the “Historical Accuracy” section, when anybody who knows anything about the R...

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