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Throwback Thursday: In The Stunt Man, It’s Not Paranoia If the Director Really Is Trying to Kill You

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. As consumers, we like our containers. We like defined things. From frozen dinners in which everything has its own compartments to high-school cliques, we put things in the boxes we feel most comfortable with. Depending on where you are on the clique spectrum this can be a good thing...

Throwback Thursday: As the Years Go By, Time Bandits Is Not the Same Film

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. A statement of fact: As you get older and gain experiences your viewpoint shifts. It’s an ongoing process, and changing perception on life is important. Whether it’s the childhood realization that the world is bigger than your neighborhood, or that not all adults are infallible. The moments that we...

Throwback Thursday: The Unpleasant Truth About Pleasantville

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above.   Pleasantville could have been just a flashy display of current special effects and a simple bit of television satire, but director Gary Ross shot for something grander. He saw there was a much bigger and more important story to tell. What begins as a sci-fi premise of merging...

Throwback Thursday: There’s No Hangover with the Thin Man

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. The modern romantic comedy is a tricky genre. You want to give people a fun story while also following certain tropes. The meet-cute, the opposites attract, will they/won’t they, some form of complication (usually another significant other), final conflict, and then resolution. Whether it’s because of Hollywood laziness or...

Throwback Thursday: Paris Is a Playground of the Senses in Playtime

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Jacques Tati’s Playtime is a French film of artistic merit but doesn’t require much understanding of French cinema or the language to appreciate. Much like his previous pictures of Mr. Hulot’s Holiday and Mon Oncle, the picture takes the viewer to a lavish location where we follow multiple characters,...

Throwback Thursday: Clue Goes from Classic Board Game to Cult-Classic Film

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Once in a rare while, Hollywood will take a chance on something that has never been done before. In 1985, Paramount Pictures tried this two-fold. They not only decided to make a film based on a board game but also decided to release the film theatrically with multiple endings....

Throwback Thursday: Yakuza Beach Vacation In Sonatine

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Most movie gangsters are portrayed as gritty and passionate. That is not the case in Takeshi Kitano’s Sonatine. The yakuza he plays in this film, Murakawa, is one that has grown tired and disillusioned with the world of crime. When torturing a man who wronged him, Murakawa takes no...

Throwback Thursday: Insert Multi-Pass Joke Here for The Fifth Element

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. As the final space-opera themed Throwback Thursday before CONvergence next week, I wanted to take a moment to shine a light on one of my favorite films, Luc Besson’s 1997 extravaganza The Fifth Element. Owing a huge debt to the production design of Jean “Moebius” Giraud, and Jean-Claude Mézières,...

Throwback Thursday: Star Trek: The Motion Picture Boldly Makes a Television Series Into a Film

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. There’s one franchise I’ve steered clear of in these columns. One that has over 50 years of material ranging from television, films, cartoons, novels, and comics. You name the media, Star Trek has been a part of it for over half a century. What do you focus on? In...

Throwback Thursday: The Alien Menace Is Real in Starship Troopers

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. In a newsreel that takes a page out of the Triumph of the Will playbook, 1997’s Starship Troopers opens with a clip for military service and citizenship, and it doesn’t let up on the jingoistic propaganda for the rest of its runtime. While a modest success at the box...
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