Roll on, reels of celluloid, as the great earth rolls on!
"Life isn't about finding yourself or finding anything; life is about creating yourself and creating things."
Disclaimer: When it comes to Bob Dylan, I don't have an objective bone in my body—only wonder and gratitude. Though if you're looking for criticism, I will have a bit for Martin Scorsese down the line.
I think it would be instructive to begin with a thumbnail description of the actual Rolling Thunder Revue's celebrated first leg because Martin Scorsese's Rolling Thunder Revue: A…
"The whole phallic thing is happening!"
Co-written by first-time feature filmmaker Bob Rafelson and a then unheralded Jack Nicholson, Head is Rafelson's last testimony on his breakthrough brainchild, the Monkees. Conceived as something of a stream-of-consciousness acid trip and a winking acknowledgement of the group's oft-criticized ersatz nature, what emerges is an episodic cavalcade of proto-music videos peppered with visceral anti-war propaganda, ferocious teenyboppers and more eccentric cameos than one might guess could be packed into an eighty-six minute run…
“You’ve got to cut this hideous story out of her brain!”
In a desperate bid to preserve the warped memory of her deceased sex predator son, a deep-pocketed but unbalanced grande dame (Katharine Hepburn) proffers a monstrous quid pro quo to a craven hospital director (Albert Dekker): convince your saintly neurosurgeon (Montgomery Clift) to lobotomize my “babbling” niece (Elizabeth Taylor), and you’ll receive the up-to-date surgical ward your state-run hospital so direly requires.
Though adapted by the esteemed Gore Vidal…
“Yep—all our children deserve better parents.”
Following a public humiliation in which his only acknowledged son Theron (George Hamilton) is revealed to be a gullible momma’s boy, randy rake Wade Hunnicutt (Robert Mitchum) rescinds a promise to his long-suffering wife Hannah (Eleanor Parker) never to interfere in her child-rearing in exchange for the continuation of their sham marriage; the face-off escalates to full-on domestic warfare when Hannah reveals that Wade’s all-purpose field hand Rafe (George Peppard) is in fact his…
"See I'm with a guy who don't know where Wyoming is. You think you got problems?"
On the 22nd of August in 1972, John Wojtowicz, Salvatore Naturile and (briefly) Robert Westenberg strove to rob a Chase Manhattan bank branch in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Antsy from the onset, Westenberg fled the holdup in its initial stage after seeing a police car drive by. While Wojtowicz had some background working as a teller and Naturile (though barely an adult) was a repeat criminal…
"Mabel's not crazy—she's unusual, so don't say she's crazy!"
Hooray dear readers—today's entry marks my darling's 2,000th film as well as my 300th review, so we decided to watch something light and celebratory…of course I'm fooling; for the grand occasion cuckoo chose John Cassavetes' piercing 1974 ode to codependency A Woman Under the Influence.
With a grueling degree of closeness and artlessness, the film recounts the disturbing goings-on in the unstable lower-middle class household of Mabel (Gena Rowlands) & Nick (Peter…