Author: David Bezanson

Star Trek: Season One

Star Trek: Season One

Just like religion and the U.S. Constitution, science fiction has remained popular while losing much of its meaning. Sci fi has never been bigger than it is today, but unlike the fifties -- when even...

Movie Review posted on 24th February 2009

Notorious (1946)

Notorious (1946)

It just doesn't get any more stylish than this. A high point in Hollywood's golden era, Notorious is a convergence of talent. Hitchcock is most "notorious" for psycho-thrillers (i.e. Rear Window, Dial M...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2009

Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories

After dozens of movies, Adam Sandler remains hard to figure out. Most of Sandler's films slavishly follow the mold of most film comedies of the last decade or so: a somewhat funny male star (Ben...

Movie Review posted on 29th December 2008

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

A true 1950s drive-in classic (along with War of the Worlds and Forbidden Planet), The Day the Earth Stood Still anticipated the earnest, melodramatic artiness and social commentary of sci-fi TV series such as The...

Movie Review posted on 11th December 2008

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

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 24th November 2008

The Haunting of Molly Hartley

The Haunting of Molly Hartley

Molly Hartley is a troubled teen -- misunderstood, depressed, haunted. School sucks, and her psychotic mother has just been locked up after stabbing Molly in the chest. If that's not enough, and it's not (for...

Movie Review posted on 7th November 2008

The Office: Season Four

The Office: Season Four

Barack Obama has said that we need to restore "the dignity of work" in America. I'm not entirely sure what he means, but I think I agree. Until we do that, though, we need The...

Movie Review posted on 1st September 2008

Serial

Serial

Martin Mull is a little-remembered comedian of the '70s and '80s, best known for TV's Fernwood 2-Night and the HBO series The History of White People in America (with collaborator Fred Willard, since then a...

Movie Review posted on 22nd June 2008

What Would Jesus Buy?

What Would Jesus Buy?

It's almost Christmas again, and time to start shopping. As usual, the number of front-yard nativity scenes seems proportional to the emptiness of the holiday.Enter Bill Talen, aka Reverend Billy, a performance artist who takes...

Movie Review posted on 15th June 2008

Sunshine (2000)

Sunshine (2000)

Now that the 20th century is finally over, I guess it's time to start re-interpreting it. Hopefully, summarizers of the century will follow the example of Hungarian director Istvan Svabo and honestly face the...

Movie Review posted on 19th July 2007

The West Wing: Season Six

The West Wing: Season Six

The death of veteran actor John Spencer -- who played Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, the coolest head among the cast of The West Wing -- was sad news, and it was the final death...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Happy Feet

Happy Feet

Hollywood is led by followers, and whenever a studio comes up with an unexpected left-field hit, other studios tend to rush out imitations, following blindly like lemmings (or penguins) over a cliff.So when the 2005...

Movie Review posted on 22nd January 2007

Fiddler On The Roof

Fiddler On The Roof

As an art form, musicals are dubious at best. Musicals started out bloated and cliché-ridden in the days of Busby Berkeley, and thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Co. many of today's musicals are...

Movie Review posted on 21st January 2007

Fort Apache

Fort Apache

Fort Apache is a John Wayne vehicle often mentioned on the short list of best westerns (The Ox-Bow Incident, Shane, The Wild Bunch, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and High Noon lead the posse)....

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Lost Horizon

Lost Horizon

The weirdest film by Frank Capra, this epic was adapted from James Hilton's bestselling novel about a plane full of passengers stranded in Tibet who are brought to the imaginary utopia Shangri-la. (Hilton's sensational fantasy...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

When the first Star Wars films came along, they filled a collective need. Movies had gotten too serious -- too much realism, not enough escapism. It was a time when audiences wanted to escape from...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Ride the High Country

Ride the High Country

More westerns have been made than almost any other kind of movie (beginning with the first narrative film ever made, The Great Train Robbery in 1903) but there are not that many great westerns. (To...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

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

Fiddler On The Roof

Fiddler On The Roof

As an art form, musicals are dubious at best. Musicals started out bloated and cliché-ridden in the days of Busby Berkeley, and thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Co. many of today's musicals are...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Dazed And Confused

Dazed And Confused

This film started a number of careers, and it's definitely a classic and a high moment in the career of director Richard Linklater (also known for Slacker, the disappointing Before Sunrise, and the new Waking...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Toto the Hero

Toto the Hero

Foreign art films are mostly appreciated by a small group of patrons and critics who like almost all foreign films, from The Rules of the Game right down to travesties like Blow-Up, and barely discriminate...

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

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

The appeal of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is, of course, seasonal, but it's hard to think of a more inspired cartoon than this classic TV special. Together with Charles Schultz's A Charlie Brown Christmas...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Happy Feet

Happy Feet

Hollywood is led by followers, and whenever a studio comes up with an unexpected left-field hit, other studios tend to rush out imitations, following blindly like lemmings (or penguins) over a cliff.So when the 2005...

Movie Review posted on 19th November 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

Fort Apache

Fort Apache

Fort Apache is a John Wayne vehicle often mentioned on the short list of best westerns (The Ox-Bow Incident, Shane, The Wild Bunch, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and High Noon lead the posse)....

Movie Review posted on 13th March 2006

The West Wing: Sixth Season

The West Wing: Sixth Season

The death of veteran actor John Spencer -- who played Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, the coolest head among the cast of The West Wing -- was sad news, and it was the final death...

Movie Review posted on 25th February 2006

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Kind Hearts and Coronets

This is often considered a classic black comedy and one of Alec Guinness' best films, but Kind Hearts and Coronets is far from perfect. The protagonist, a young Londoner named Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price), bears...

Movie Review posted on 20th February 2006

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