The Nice Guys (2016)

The Nice Guys (2016)
“Nice Guys Finish First” This is my 150th post since I started writing regularly about films in current release, and it’s time to revisit my statement of purpose, a defense of learnedness as a framework for discussing the cinema. In applying Walter Benjamin’s famous essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” ...

Memento (2000)

Memento (2000)
“Detecting Himself” Critic Bernard Knox writes: “The hero… is thus his own destroyer; he is the detective who tracks down and identifies the criminal—who turns out to be himself.” While this analysis could have been penned about Memento, an astonishing neo-noir directed by Christopher Nolan, it is in fact an analysis of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, ...

Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar (2014)
“I Should Have Been a Farmer” Interstellar (Christopher Nolan, 2014) repeatedly quotes 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968). Numerous times, Hans Zimmer’s score echoes the former film’s soundtrack. As Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) looks out his window at the dying Earth’s blighted crops, the Interstellar soundtrack crescendos with a chord which lingers, one of the ...