Classic Reviews

A cinephile’s cheat sheet with reviews of the most essential movies from the best directors of the last century, including Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Sergio Leone, Francis Ford Coppola, Akira Kurosawa, and Woody Allen.

Die Hard Review

Die Hard Review

RATING: (4 STARS) There’s a reason why, 25 years after its release, John McTiernan’s Die Hard…

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

In my latest Essential Docs piece for Sound on Sight, I took a look at the…

Man with a Movie Camera

Man with a Movie Camera

I’ve begun writing a column for Sound on Sight called “Essential Docs.” It’s exactly what you…

Metropolitan Review

Metropolitan Review

RATING: (3 STARS) It takes a bold man to craft a film around a group of…

Sunday Afternoon with Criterion: The Earrings of Madame de… Edition

Sunday Afternoon with Criterion: The Earrings of Madame de… Edition

I: Intro II: The Earrings of Madame de… III: What’s New? Intro Welcome to Sunday Afternoon…

Sunday Afternoon with Criterion: The Grey Gardens Edition

Sunday Afternoon with Criterion: The Grey Gardens Edition

I: Intro II: Grey Gardens III: What’s New? Intro Welcome to Sunday Afternoon with Criterion, a…

An Appreciation: A View to a Kill

An Appreciation: A View to a Kill

This is the first in a new monthly series of posts called “An Appreciation” in which…

Sunday Afternoon with Criterion: The 39 Steps Edition

Sunday Afternoon with Criterion: The 39 Steps Edition

I: Intro II: My Hitch Criterion Wish List III: The 39 Steps IV: What’s New? V:…

Sunday Afternoon with Criterion: Lord of the Flies Edition

Sunday Afternoon with Criterion: Lord of the Flies Edition

I: Intro II: Desert Island Criterion Movies III: Lord of the Flies IV: What’s New? V:…

Sunday Afternoon with Criterion: Things to Come Edition

Sunday Afternoon with Criterion: Things to Come Edition

I: Intro II: Remaking the Collection III: Things to Come IV: What’s New? V: Links Intro…

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Review

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Review

RATING: (0.5 STARS) It isn’t hard to see where Superman IV: The Quest for Peace goes…

Superman III Review

Superman III Review

RATING: (1.5 STARS) With the off-screen problems connected to Superman II out of the way, there…

Superman II Review

Superman II Review

RATING: (3 STARS) The behind-the-scenes story of Superman II is the stuff of legend, but one…

Superman Review

Superman Review

RATING: (3 STARS) Richard Donner’s Superman is very much a product of the Star Wars school…

Sunday Afternoon with Criterion: George Washington Edition

Sunday Afternoon with Criterion: George Washington Edition

I: Intro II: Steven Soderbergh and the Criterion Collection III: George Washington IV: What’s New? V:…

Full Metal Jacket Review

Full Metal Jacket Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) In the immediate aftermath of the Vietnam War, Hollywood produced a series of…