It cannot be said that with his fourth film, Mystery Train (1989), Jim Jarmusch strayed too far from his style. Perhaps, since his previous film was the brilliant comedy Down By Law (1986), it would’ve been fair to expect something more than what appears to be a simple evolution of the director’s first two works, Permanent … More Mystery Train: Movie Review
Down By Law is a 1986 movie written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. The protagonists are two musicians, Tom Waits and John Lurie, together with an amazing Roberto Benigni probably at the peak of his career as a comedian. This is for me the first great movie by Jarmusch, the first funny comedy that works … More Down By Law: Movie Review
The Changeling is a strange episode. On the one hand, it anticipates what many years later would be the plot of the first film in the Star Trek saga, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), directed by Robert Wise. On the other hand, it recycles a couple of ideas already used in the first season: … More Star Trek: TOS – S02E03, The Changeling
Corpse Bride is a film written and directed by Tim Burton released in 2005. It’s entirely shot in stop motion (Burton started playing with this technique since he was a kid), which means that it’s a sequence of photos of small puppets (in this case almost 30 centimeters tall) whose positions and facial expressions are changed … More Corpse Bride: Movie Review
Permanent Vacation (1980) is to the filmography of Jim Jarmusch what Dark Star (1974) is to that of John Carpenter: it’s the director’s final film school project. Ok, I admit it, I’m always mentioning John Carpenter! Then let me compare Permanent Vacation to Eraserhead (1977) by David Lynch and to Following (1998) by Christopher Nolan. In other … More Permanent Vacation: Movie Review
Who Mourns for Adonais? is, in my opinion, a big misstep in this second season which just started. After a brilliant start with Amok Time, this second episode merely reused old ideas even though the premise could have led to an interesting story. That’s a pity, and below I will try to explain the reasons … More Star Trek: TOS – S02E02, Who Mourns for Adonais?
It took Quentin Tarantino 27 years from 1992 Reservoir Dogs to direct his ninth film, the penultimate of his career according to what he has stated over and over again. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood’s exceptional cast includes Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell and many more. Apparently this movie has … More Once Upon a Time In Hollywood: Movie Review
Young Frankenstein is a film directed by Mel Brooks and released in 1974 with Gene Wilder as the protagonist. I think that it’s one of the best comedies ever made and, probably, also the best film by the American director. This is a perfect parody of a classic Frankenstein movie which, if you think about it, is also one … More Young Frankenstein: Movie Review
Let’s start with the second season! After a splendid first season full of fantastic stories, with this first episode written by Theodore Sturgeon (also author of an episode of the first season, Shore Leave), it’s like Gene Roddenberry declared to have no intention of decelerating. Star Trek was to continue to offer first-rate science fiction without trying to … More Star Trek: TOS – S02E01, Amok Time
Operation: Annihilate! is an extremely dense episode. James T. Kirk finds his brother Sam and his sister-in-law Aurelan (Joan Swift) only to lose them soon after. He saves his nephew Peter (Craig Hundley) for whom he worries for half the episode and then forgets all about him: either he’s still in the infirmary or he’s … More Star Trek: TOS – S01E29, Operation: Annihilate!