100 American Movies to Save: Sneers (1978-1984)

You can find the introduction and index for this series here. Film Director Year Type Dawn of the Dead George A. Romero 1978 Narrative feature Real Life Albert Brooks 1979 Narrative feature The Warriors Walter Hill 1979 Narrative feature Popeye Robert Altman 1980 Narrative feature The Fog John Carpenter 1980 Narrative feature Melvin and Howard Jonathan… Read More 100 American Movies to Save: Sneers (1978-1984)

The Five-Movies Test or: Which Director Has Had the Best Stretch of Consecutive Feature-Length Films in English?

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?

Lost in America (1985) and They Live (1988)

Dir. Albert Brooks. Starring Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty, Garry Marshall Dir. John Carpenter. Starring Roddy Piper, Keith David, Peter Jason Any fool can point at an American movie from the ’80s and say, with some authority, “Well, I declare! This picture here’s a critique of Reagan-era capitalistic excess!” What strikes me about the pairing of… Read More Lost in America (1985) and They Live (1988)