Archive for the ‘vulgarity’ Category

Al Pacino (Tony Montana), Michelle Pfeiffer (Elvira Hancock), Steven Bauer (Manny Ribera). Screenplay by Oliver Stone. Rating: 18. Running time: 170 minutes. You may notice early on in Scarface that the film pans out like a Grand Theft Auto game: we begin with the obligatory scene setters, introducing us to our main character who so obviously […]


Robert De Niro (Jimmy Conway), Ray Liotta (Henry Hill), Joe Pesci (Tommy DeVito), Lorraine Braco (Karen Hill). Screenplay by Martin Scorsese & Nicholas Pileggi. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Rating: 18. Running time: 146 minutes. I’ve reviewed GoodFellas before, but looking back at what I wrote, I’m almost ashamed at how blasé I was in my […]


Robert De Niro (Max Cady), Nick Nolte (Sam Bowden), Jessica Lange (Leigh Bowden), Juliette Lewis (Danielle Bowden). Screenplay by Wesley Strick. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Rating: 18. Running time: 122 minutes. Max Cady thinks he’s a Nietzschean Übermensch. We see Thus Spake Zarathustra on a shelf in his prison cell, and we’re told he’s reading […]


Gregory Smith (Alan Abernathy), Kirsten Dunst (Christy Fimple), Frank Langella (Archer) [voice], Tommy Lee Jones (Chip Hazard) [voice]. Screenplay by Gavin Scott, Adam Rifkin, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio. Directed by Joe Danté. Rating: 12. Running time: 108 minutes. Not sure why I’ve adhered to my tradition and titled this review with the director’s name […]


Harvey Keitel (Mr. White), Tim Roth (Mr. Orange), Michael Madsen (Mr. Blonde), Chris Penn (Nice Guy Eddie), Steve Buscemi (Mr. Pink), Lawrence Tierney (Joe), Quentin Tarantino (Mr. Brown). Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Rating: 18. Running time: 99 minutes. Surprise, surprise: Quentin Tarantino started his career with a film that has a […]


Isabella Rossellini (Dorothy Vallens), Kyle MacLachlan (Jeffrey Beaumont), Dennis Hopper (Frank Booth), Laura Dern (Sandy Williams), Hope Lange (Mrs. Williams). Directed by David Lynch. Screenplay by David Lynch. At the start of Blue Velvet, we see a man engaging in one of the most casual and common of home activities; namely, he’s watering his front […]


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 […]