I hope we'll see Ghost_of_GhostDad in the forums over there. He was always one of my favorite community members, but sadly hasn't been back since before the site closure was announced.
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Shakespearean Acting Meets Contemporary Dialogue
: The Lion in Winter is one of the last rousing color medieval epics from the 50s and 60s. It tells the story of how in 1183 King Henry II of England brings his family together at Christmas, presumably to name his successor. Among the guests are the Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, who he keeps in seclusion to prevent her scheming against him, his sons, Richard, Geoffrey an John, his mistress, ...
15 minutes ago
Its Been Done Better Since
: Someone to Watch Over Me is a stock thriller - perhaps one of the most stock thrillers I've ever seen - with a beautiful sophisticate witnessing a murder and a streetwise cop (Tom Berenger) assigned to protect her until the trial; romance ensues. It's a plot that may have seemed novel at the time, but we've since seen it done a whole lot (The Bodyguard being just one notable example ...
1 hour, 20 minutes ago
A HUGE thanks to @djames216 for helping to archive years of my back reviews!Also thanks to @takashichea for creating the Google docs for this and for the Star Trek project.I will let you know when I've found a new online home for all these reviews!
18 hours, 19 minutes ago
Takes 'The Handmaid's Tale' to its Logical Conclusion
: Children of Men is one of the best science fiction films of the 2000s. It tells the story of 'Theo' (Clive Owen), an average guy who lives in England in 2027. For some reason humanity has lost the ability to have children, putting the future of the entire human race in jeopardy. England is an Orwellian society ruled by a dictatorial elite. When the first pregnant woman in nearly two ...
22 hours, 24 minutes ago
My Dinner with Andre the Caveman
: Let's get one thing straight, Man from Earth is not for everybody. The film is about a retirement party for a professor who claims that he's an immortal who's been walking the Earth since the paleolithic era. The film is an intellectual discussion that takes place almost entirely in one room kind of like the film to My Dinner with Andre.The film is wonderful in how fully it explores its ...
22 hours, 58 minutes ago
Long and Obscure
: Fans of my reviews know that I'm not a big fan of Soviet cinema. My experiences with Tarkovsky's film have typified this; Rare is the movie I don't give up on partway through, but I only made it halfway through Solaris, and struggled through Stalker.Andrei Rublev, a biography of a fifteenth-century Russian artist, has been described as everything from a declaration of the virtues of individualism, to a treatise on ...
23 hours, 9 minutes ago
Soylent Green Got So Much Right
: I'm not even going to try to prevent spoilers here. Anyone familiar with American pop culture at this point knows what 'soylent green is', at least by cultural osmosis, even if you haven't actually seen the film.Soylent Green is the third in Charlton Heston's 'sci-fi trilogy' of the early 1970s, following Planet of the Apes and The Omega Man, and though it was the least appreciated at the time (and ...
23 hours, 34 minutes ago
Thanks - this is a great summary/goodbye!
1 day ago
An Interesting Documentary, and an Important History Lesson
: With Julian Assange and Edward Snowden making the news so much these days, it's worth revisiting the original leaker, someone who took on the most powerful people in the world to expose lies and corruption, and risked his job, his future, his marriage and even his freedom for it - Daniel Ellsberg.Apparently these filmmakers thought so too, and through interviews with Ellsberg himself, and many others directly involved in the ...
2 days, 18 hours ago
I already posted mine in another thread, but I'll repost it here too. It's Bluto's speech from Animal House after Dean Wormer has shut them down:For me Screened was a place to read movie reviews written by real people and to post my own. I always felt there was a need for such a site as I often disagree with 'name' critics who are often on the payroll of the ...
4 days, 2 hours ago
10 profile views was easy - but if you accumulate more than 1,000 views on your profile page then you have a serious issue and might want to consider a restraining order.
5 days, 18 hours ago
@ElHa: I'm considering it. Right now takashichea and I are scrambling just to save all my reviews while we can (haven't found a way to bulk export yet) so I'll let you know on AnimeVice when I've got them reposted somewhere. The problem with a tumblr site is they're all sort of random - here they worked as informative add-ons to the movie pages, so if you were interested in ...
5 days, 21 hours ago
Beautiful if a bit Unfulfilling
: Widely considered to be Turkey's best film of 2004, Karpuz Kapuğundan Gemiler Yapmak (translated as 'Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds) is a story about young boys who live in a small Turkish village, and are entranced with the cinema, despite their remote locale. They spend their spare time trying to build a movie projector from scratch so they can watch the bits of celluloid they are able to acquire.Karpuz Kapuğundan ...
5 days, 23 hours ago
Warrants a Look Even by Those Who Aren't Fans of Muscle Cars
: Vanishing Point is the kind of B-movie you just don't see anymore. Nowadays B-Movies seem to be films that make liberal use of green screens and CGI to try to emulate the films Hollywood already does better. It's not that Vanishing Point wasn't also an emulation of Hollywood genre films (in this case the car chase film - the entire movie being one big long car chase), but it wasn't ...
5 days, 23 hours ago
A Very Important Documentary
: Before 'terrorist' became the new boogeyman, it was 'pedophile'. The film Witch Hunt documents events that began in Bakersfield, CA where national sensationalist media stories and overzealous career-minded prosecutors and law enforcement led to the arrest and conviction of numerous innocent people for child abuse. Some of them spending over 20 years in prison before being exonerated!If Witch Hunt has a flaw, it's that the rash of molestation accusations was ...
6 days ago
had a submission approved for
and earned 5 points (for a total of 6,787 points).
6 days ago
Wonderful Fantasy not of the Hollywood Mold
: Every time you think Woody Allen is no longer relevant, he comes out with another wonderful gem of a film. After a string of films that were O.K., he starts the sixth(!) decade of his directorial career with Midnight in Paris, an homage to what is probably his second favorite city, Paris.Yes, Midnight in Paris is the Manhattan of France with a love story set against the backdrop, music and ...
6 days ago
@takashichea and @CherryBomb - I would like to continue this conversation elsewhere (possibly by private message) after Screened is gone. I have some specific questions for both of you.
6 days ago