Steven Hyden introduced his five-albums test more than a decade ago as a third way to judge a band, short of its popularity or its critical acclaim. While this one is not meant to stand on its own—for example, he’s not sure that either Bob Dylan nor the Rolling Stones had made five great albums… Read More The Five-Movies Test or: Which Director Has Had the Best Stretch of Consecutive Feature-Length Films in English?
For a brief introduction and a running list of movies covered in this project, click here 60) Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott Last year I was in my living room with a cockroach. I thought I saw it duck out from behind my curtains and then run back behind them, and I wasn’t entirely sure that… Read More Better than BFI’s Top 100: 60-56
For a brief introduction and a running list of movies covered in this project, click here. 75) Gregory’s Girl (1981), directed by Bill Forsyth There’s a kid in a penguin costume running around in this movie, and I thought for sure that we would find out why, but of course we don’t. It couldn’t matter less why he… Read More Better than BFI’s Top 100: 75-71
Dir. David Hand. Starring Paula Winslowe, Bobby Stewart, Peter Behn Dir. Edgar Wright. Starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey The gentle young man who loses the mother who protected him and raised him is a common enough trope, but what makes Bambi and Baby stand out is that they have the dumbest names of… Read More Bambi (1942) and Baby Driver (2017)
Dir. Edgar Wright. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield (The following review is about an extremely funny movie that made me laugh a great deal. Since so much relies upon Simon Pegg’s surprising physical humor or Nick Frost’s indelible line deliveries, I’m not going to try to do justice to those…it’s more respectful to… Read More Shaun of the Dead (2004)