Archive for March, 2010

Towards the end of Manhattan, Woody Allen’s Isaac lies on his own couch, reminiscent of so many movie psychiatry scenes, and unknowingly performs a self-analysis with one passing comment that sums up his existence perfectly: New Yorkers, we are told, live their entire lives creating petty little problems for eachother, with the sole aim of […]


When Michael Berg, a shy, reserved adolescent, comes down with fever and must stop in the rain on his way home to vomit on the pavement, a woman walks by and comforts him and ensures he is okay. After three months in bed recovering, Michael returns to where he had met her to deliver flowers […]


His name is Anton Chigurh, and he’s one of the most cold-blooded evil mass-murderers you will ever see on the silver screen. We first see him strangle a sheriff to death with his hands in cuffs, cutting his own wrists until they bleed in the process. Then he executes an innocent driver with some kind […]


We live in a frightening world. In The Bourne Ultimatum, when a Guardian journalist meets a CIA operative and is given information on a secret project being managed under the name of ‘blackbriar,’ the reporter’s use of the word on his cell phone triggers a rapid response from the men working in Langley, Virginia and […]


‘When the truth is found to be lies, and all the joy within you dies…’ So sing Jefferson Airplane, through a walkman feeding their psychedelic sounds into the ear of a Jewish boy, soon to become Bar Mitzvah. The headphones are putting him in a world that is quite different from the one he should […]


Pulp Fiction‘s status in cinema history is rather overwhelming. It was almost unanimously hailed as the fulfillment of the potential this quirky new auteur, Quentin Tarantino, had shown in his first feature, Reservoir Dogs, and also, quite flatteringly, it was seen as the saviour of modern cinema. By liberating script writers from newly ingrained plot […]


When presidential candidate Senator Palantine steps into the yellow cab of Travis Bickle in New York, he asks him what the one issue is that he would want to be solved. Travis’ reply is that the streets of his city are like an open sewer; they have an awful stench to them, and someone should […]