Here is a new edition of our video blog series Gus and Travis Talk Film. This time we cover Michael Curtiz, discussing such films as Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Dodge City, Captain Blood, White Christmas and of course Casablanca. Also, you can now listen to the blogs as podcasts on Soundcloud. Both options are below.
Here is a new edition of our video blog series Gus and Travis Talk Film. This time we cover Sydney Pollack’s work, discussing such films as Three Days of the Condor, They Shoot Horses Don’t They, Jeremiah Johnson, Random Hearts, The Way We Were and more. Also, you can now listen to the blogs as podcasts on Soundcloud. Both options are below.
We’re back with more from 100 Crime Films. This time I discuss No Way Out and 8 Million Ways to Die
Here is a new episode in our video blog where Gus and I discuss film. This time we talk about Alfred Hitchcock, covering everything from his British period to Vertigo, Marnie, The Wrong Man, and Notorious.
Here is our new video blog where Gus and I talk about film. This time we discuss Martin Scorsese’s work, featuring such subjects as his documentaries, After Hours, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Goodfellas, The Age of Innocence, The Departed and Cape Fear.
We’re back at Cinema Station with a brand new video blog series where Gus and I discuss film. Right now we are picking a filmmaker each week to talk about and Gus’s pick for the first week is Jean-Luc Godard. Watch below to see what we both have to say about him, our favorites and least favorites of his work.
We are back with more video blogs. I hope you enjoy my thoughts on Nicholas Ray’s On Dangerous Ground and Felix Feist’s The Devil Thumbs a Ride:
Here are the latest in my series of video blogs, 100 CRIME FILMS. This time I discuss Norman Mailer’s film Tough Guys Don’t Dance as well as Dead Calm and the film Orson Welles made from the same material, The Deep.
Here are two new video blogs for my series 100 Crime Films. Here I talk about the Ridley Scott-directed Someone to Watch Over Me and John Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.
Just for fun, Gus and I have put together our top five favorite film lists from 2012. See both below:
The Imposter – a documentary by Bart Layton about a French young man who convinces a Texas family that he is their 16 year old son who has been missing for 3 years. It engaged and intrigued me. And I’m still asking questions about the situation all these months after seeing it.
The Paperboy – A tabloid movie if there ever was one. Many critics (mainstream and others) have picked it as one of the worst of the year because it, I suspect, it outrages so many of their middleclass values, which is of course the reason I like it so much. Lee Daniels directed.
Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson’s children book of a movie that took me into a world of its own and delighted me completely.
Holy Motors – If Hieronymus Bosch was alive and making movies I think he would’ve made this one. But his stand-in Leon Carax did. It is a sort of made-up real life fantasia that has to be seen more than once.
Chasing Ice – A documentary about James Balog’s obsession with photographing the melting glaciers on Iceland, Greenland and Alaska. Global warming is the subject and the warning. It was directed by Jeff Orlowski.
And one more.
A Month in Mississippi – by Travis mills. A visual essay/ poem that is both enchanting and sublime. The only reason it’s not among the 5 listed above is that it’s a short and not a feature length film.
This list pleases me because it draws it not only draws from theatrical releases but also from stuff online.
1. Get the Gringo
2. Zero Dark Thirty
Another masterpiece from Bigelow.
3. The Imposter
The best thriller of the year, a documentary.
4. Jack Reacher
The second best thriller of the year, an old-fashioned smart action picture.
The only movie this year that didn’t waste any time: short, brutal and much better than it got credit for.