Film lovers like me, by definition, love film. They go nuts over the latest Criterion releases, go through the viewing guide on TCM and the other stations so they can set their DVR, and sometimes arrange their whole life around the experience of watching a movie.
It stands to reason that if film-lovers love films, then the hardcore film-lovers love films about films – especially documentaries about films. What follows is 10 films about films, in no particular order. The only way to get on the list: 1) I had to like the film. 2) It couldn’t be a retrospective of the work of just one filmmakers because if it were, it would be a film about a filmmaker, not a film about films. Continue reading
Recently, my wife and I took our kids to a drive-in theater about an hour from my house. As I kid I remember going to the drive-in several times, seeing such classics as Jaws 3:D and Kenny Rogers/Diane Lane/Erin Gray vehicle Six Pack, but my kids had never had the experience. We saw Brave, which was substandard Pixar, and The Avengers, which was slightly better than all right. Anyway, in honor of the event it seemed like a fun idea to look back at the ten most memorable Drive-In scenes in the movies – at least memorable to me. Continue reading
Directed by Jonathon Demme
Screenplay by Ted Tally, based on the novel by Thomas Harris
Starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins
It’s somewhat funny that, as I work myself through this project, I’ve described various Best Picture winners as ‘perhaps the darkest Best Picture winner ever,’ or some sentiment along those lines. I’ve said this about Oliver!, I’m sure I said it about The Lost Weekend, and if I didn’t say it about Platoon, I don’t know why. The reason this is funny is that, there can truly only be one film to hold the title of ‘darkest Best Picture’, and with all due respect to those other films that I might have tried to include in the race, the reality is that The Silence of the Lambs is easily the darkest of the Best Picture winners ever, hands down. Continue reading