The Gambler (1974) vs. Bad Lieutenant (1992)

I saw some films. Caan vs. Keitel. The 70s vs. the 90s, not quite a twenty year spread. Our protagonists have problems. They're gambling addicts and while Caan has a few redeemable qualities, he's actually a literature lecturer as opposed to a dirty, drug addicted and wholly narcissistic cop (the times could not be more…

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

I Saw A Film! If ever there was a Don Quixote-adjacent tale that Terry Gilliam could sink his giggling teeth into, this is definitely the one. I have read that Munchausen was loosely based on an actual renaissance bold liar, a soldier named Munchausen, who off-handedly told whopping tales as wild as having been on…

When You’re Strange (2009)

I Saw A Film! This is just a 90 minute reminiscence, full of old footage collected from living band members (Densmore (drums) and Krieger (guitars)) and narrated by Johnny Depp, of the old rock band The Doors. A group I was fascinated by as a teenager. Mostly, of course, because of the emotive power of…

Trouble In Mind (1986)

I Saw A Film! As best as I can tell, someone saw Blade Runner, wanted to drop the sci-fi aspect an create a kind of dramatic noir wrapped around ne'er-do-wells and jewelry thieving. But, good lord, with Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine, and Divine along with that chick from Footloose, you can't not select it. The…

Moonfire (1970)

I Saw A Film! I thought I'd run out of Prime trucker flicks, but then, like a sweet Shiitake popping up on a log you forgot about, here comes Moonfire. There's no song with the refrain "Moooooon-fire!" nor is there a truck or trucker called Moonfire . . . which is disappointing. Moonfire ends up…

Borsalino and Co. (1974)

I Saw A film! Another slick and stylish gangster movie, in which we are asked to side with Alain Delon because, well, he's Alain Delon (which reminds me I need to revisit Le Samurai). The film opens with a ponderous funeral for Belmondo (the brother who dies at the end of the original) and of…

The Two Jakes (1990)

I Saw A Film! Chinatown (1974) was a film about California water rights, some scoundrel behaviors around its redirection and misuse, and of course, the secrets kept by powerful people as they acted like privileged feudal lords. In The Two Jakes, an ostensible sequel, though, not really in terms of story. Once again Nicholson plays…

Split Second (1992)

I Saw A Film! In the far future of 2008, global warming will have caused a kind of sloshy, galoshes-required, flooding of London. Tromping around in his moist knee-high engineer boots and black leather duster is the late Rutger Hauer, adjusting his spectacles and more or less looking awesome, as he cruises a dance club…

Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

I Saw A Film! Buried in this collection of sketch comedy and visual goofs including everything from gorilla suited wrestling and botched TV reporting to hilarious have sex to an LP type yucks is a fantastic Bruce Lee Enter the Dragon spoof worth it's own full length film. Called Fistful of Yen and starring Evan…

Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)

I Saw A Film! A Bunuel masterpiece of frustration, class, and injustice set on a rural estate in France 100 years ago. The beautiful Jean Moreau waves her big expressive eyes around as Celestine as she placates and agitates both louts and brutes alike. Some want to marry her, others only to model past loves…