Commemorating a Year of Cinematophiliac

So, I guess I didn’t even notice that I’ve been writing on my blog for a year already! We’re a month past Cinematophiliac’s one-year anniversary but I’d like to share a few stats with you: # of views to-date: 1,353! Still the featured blog under the tag, “Herzog.”  This is awesome! Some faithful readers, the known ones being: Norse Penny Press, Ad Nihilum in Odio, … Continue reading Commemorating a Year of Cinematophiliac

Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

I kid you not, dear readers-six, that I have been waiting to watch this film for two and a half years! It was recommended to me that long ago, and it sat on our Netflix queue’s ‘unknown availability’ list for two and a half years.  Also on our unknown availability list is Klaus Kinski’s Nosferatu the Vampyre so we’ll have to wait and see how … Continue reading Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

The Wrestler (2008)

What I like about this film are its moments of raw, human desperation. This is certainly something typical in Aronofsky’s other films, like Requiem for a Dream (2000), which I’ve mentioned in a previous post.  I think the strongest examples of this raw, human desperation in The Wrestler, have to be found in two scenes: first, the flashback to the 14-minutes-ago scene in the wrestling … Continue reading The Wrestler (2008)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

There are a few things to consider with this film: hard work (the bootstraps kind) that leads to a sense of entitlement,  a culture or mentality that allows megalomania to thrive unchecked (I might even call this Capitalism), and basic psychology. The protagonist (and we know he’s the protagonist because he’s the first actor to appear onscreen), Daniel Plainview, is a loner. He has no … Continue reading There Will Be Blood (2007)

Network (1976)

I’d like to begin this (long overdue) post by quoting a headline from a recent yahoo.com news story: “Michelle Obama wearing shorts proved too much for the media.” I think the implications of such a news ‘story’ sum up the film, Network, pretty well.  Though I’m very weary of jumping to the conclusion that Network is a film that accurately reflects today’s media sentiments. I … Continue reading Network (1976)