David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’

August 17, 2018

Nineteen eighty-six was a particularly good movie year for me. I worked in a video store after school and on weekends, so I saw a lot them — especially horror films; the more outrageous the better. […]

Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’

June 12, 2018

As a seven-year-old living in the jungles of Matute, Colombia, I was surrounded by an exotic land. My pets weren’t limited to the three dogs and six cats that roamed but also included a macaw named Ludwina, a howler monkey named Tarzan, several tortoises and an assortment of parrots and parakeets. […]

Terrence Malick’s ‘Days of Heaven’

February 16, 2018

October 1978. A weekday afternoon in Manhattan. I stumble into daylight, having just experienced something which has so floored me that I’m numb, twisted around, and can’t remember which subway takes me back downtown — so I start walking, trying to make sense of what I’d just seen. […]

Tom Tykwer’s ‘Run Lola Run’

August 4, 2017

I grew up in Deep River in Northern Ontario, Canada in the 1970s, an idyllic place to live as far as catching frogs and running through the woods, but I didn’t get to see movies in the cinema very often. […]

Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’

June 7, 2017

When Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’ was released, I was out of town, and I knew I’d rush to see it the moment I got back home. But by then, it was playing only at the Summerfield Theatre in Santa Rosa, about two-and-a-half hours from where I lived in Santa Cruz. […]

Steven Spielberg’s ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’

February 15, 2017

In 1988, I was an ill-adjusted Polish kid who moved with his mother and our two dogs to a rough Boston neighborhood — Dorchester. My English was OK. A year later, I saw my favorite movie, and although I don’t remember every detail of that day, I do remember it changed my life. […]

Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘The Devil’s Backbone’

August 1, 2016

I went to the movies that night in order to take my mind off the second anniversary of my mother’s death. I was in a lot of pain over her passing and, contrary to all the platitudes I had heard, time was not healing this wound. […]

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Moulin Rouge!’

June 1, 2016

A bright, white light was shrouding my vision. The thundering applause from several thousand hands was engulfing my hearing. All I could feel was the thumping of my heart as the adrenalin was coursing through my veins like a tidal wave. […]

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