Tag Archive | classic

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Rocky (1976)

If you haven’t heard the story of how Sylvester Stallone’s knockout came to fruition, it’s a story as epic as the film itself. In many ways, Stallone wrote the film about himself; he was a nobody whose wife left him, who was so poor that he had to sell his dog for food money, and […]

Movie of the Week: Smoke Signals (1998)

***** We all love indie movies, right? Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and the like. And of course, there is the iconic Napoleon Dynamite. But all (or just about all) of these films were made within the last decade. What about before the Indie movement? When small-studio films didn’t get any attention? I’d like to take […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Smoke Signals (1998)

Not a lot of people know Smoke Signals, which is really quite a genius little film penned by great American Indian author Sherman Alexie, based on his novel, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. For those of you who have seen the film, I don’t have to tell you how truly great it is. But for those […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Batman Begins (2005)

It is Batman day. At least, for me it is. It is also my birthday. And four years ago today, Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece The Dark Knight was released to critical and audience acclaim. But some people forget that before there was a Dark Knight, Batman had to begin. And he did just that in 2005’s Batman Begins, which breathed […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: The Artist (2011)

As we made a big deal about months ago, this last year’s Best Picture winner was a silent film (and a great one at that). And so it was natural, what with the DVD and Blu-ray still freshly released, for us to pick a scene to highlight from The Artist. And so, here it is. Jean […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Zoolander (2001)

To some, Zoolander is an absolutely stupid movie. To others, it’s absolutely hilarious. To me, why can’t it be both? Yes, Ben Stiller’s 2001 comedy is filled with dumb humor, but a close observation provides some insight into just how well-integrated the dumb humor is into the sharp, witty satire of the fashion industry. But that has […]

Best Heroes and Villains- Inigo Montoya and Captain Barbossa

Inigo Montoya: How can we forget this wonderful hero, or the iconic comedy that he comes from? Inigo is a great character, and he has some of the best and most quotable lines in history (besides the obvious). He starts as a villain, a hired hand to a slimy bounty hunter. But the plot takes […]