Braveheart (1995)

Braveheart (1995) – Every time a new Roman Polanski movie opens it typically get lavished with praise from film critics but there is always an outcry of “how can you celebrate the work of a convicted child rapist?” The same happens for Victor Salva. Even for film-makers like Woody Allen and Bryan Singer, who have … Continue reading

The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Usual Suspects (1995) – I tend to be amused by those Robot Chicken sketches where a heavily-accented M. Night Shyamalan jumps out and says “Vhat a tvist!” (Worth noting that in real life Shyamalan has a thoroughly American accent…) Good ol’ Night is widely credited with ushering in the age of the twist ending. … Continue reading

GoldenEye (1995)

GoldenEye (1995) – There was a bit of downtime after 1989’s Licence to Kill. The production company had some issues and there ended up being a six year gap before the next movie. Timothy Dalton opted not to return to the role of James Bond (which sucks somewhat because as I have said before, he … Continue reading

Batman Forever (1995)

Batman Forever (1995) – On the multi-part making-of documentary from the Batman 1989-1997 Anthology DVD box set, one “comic scholar” posits that the different styles the movies have adopted reflect different periods of the comic book which has, understandably for a series that’s been going 73 years and counting, gone through many different stylistic phases. It … Continue reading

Modernized Shakespeare

The following article originally appeared on on 1 April 2011… Regular readers (do I even have those?) have surely noticed by now that at the end of each article I have been merrily endorsing the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, reminding people that they can follow it on Twitter (@sacshakes), “like” it on Facebook, or particularly … Continue reading

Halloween series

So Halloween is upon us and this year it occurred to me that I had only seen half of the Halloween films. I decided to rectify that this year. Halloween (1978) You know I kind of go back and forth on Halloween. I last saw it in 2009 and thought that while good it was … Continue reading

The Doom Generation (1995)

The Doom Generation (1995) — Oh, the 90s… Remember the 90s? Indie cinema in the 90s was kind of a mixed bag. I kind of liked The Doom Generation. It doesn’t really go anywhere but that might be what I like about it. Stuff happens and I guess it sort of builds but I’m not … Continue reading

Judge Dredd (1995)

Judge Dredd (1995) — I simply cannot mount any kind of well thought-out intellectual defense of this movie. There is none. It really pisses all over the comic it takes its name and basic story from, which would be defendable if it was quality cinema in some measurable way. But it’s not. But you know … Continue reading

Before Sunrise (1995)

Before Sunrise (1995) — This is the first romance film that is actually ROMANTIC that I’ve seen in… well, actually at the moment I can’t think of any other examples. As a genre it’s so full of trite sentimentality that it is so refreshing to actually seen one that is good. Ethan Hawke and Julie … Continue reading

Grosse Pointe Blank (1995)

Grosse Pointe Blank (1995) — So my mom watched The Mist with me and got kind of freaked out so we decided to watch something funny.  I argued for Buffy the Vampire Slayer to keep up the Halloween theme but it was one in the morning and therefore no longer Halloween plus Grosse Pointe Blank … Continue reading