Category: Screen

HIS SOUL’S STILL DANCING

In the course of making The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call: New Orleans, Werner Herzog seems to have discovered how to save Nicolas Cage: let him drown. Why am I writing about Nicolas Cage again, after effectively writing him off in a previous column? Maybe because, with his […]

MERE SURMISE, SIR.

If the ending of No Country for Old Men left you unsatisfied, the Coen Brothers’ latest film, A Serious Man, will drive you insane. Because, although on the surface it seems like a film about how we tell stories to make sense of life, it reveals itself as […]

THE LONG WALK HOME

“Now, if you’re playing the movie on a telephone, you will never in a trillion years experience the film. You’ll think you’ve experienced it. But you’ll be cheated. It’s such a sadness that you think you’ve seen a film on your [adjective deleted] telephone. Get real.”

DO YOU KNOW JACK?

As you might know, if you’ve read my bio here on the Gutter, I’m a partner in Ottawa’s oldest surviving cinema, The Mayfair Theatre. In August, we showed two films that on the surface have little in common: Robert Altman’s neo-noir The Long Goodbye and Woody Allen’s slapstick […]

OH, THE MEGA-HUMANITY!

So, Richard Kelly has a new movie coming out. Entitled The Box, it’s based on a Twilight Zone episode written by Richard Matheson, which is in turn based on a short story, also written by Richard Matheson. And I’m pretty sure there’s an entire article in Matheson’s impact […]