Tag Archive | great

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: 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: The King’s Speech (2010)

As I said with my review of the scene from (500) Days of Summer, it’s hard to pick one great scene from a movie that has dozens, and 2010’s The King’s Speech is no exception. Almost every scene in this film has something powerful about it, but I have gone through them all, and found what may […]

Movie Of The Week: About A Boy

*****      In the mid-1950’s, starting with Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without A Cause, a movement commenced to glorify the troubled teen. Through the next 30 years, these films were made sparingly, while other films made teen life look easy or fun. But in the 1970’s-80’s, the troubled teen complex really came into full swing in […]