A Lifetime in Film 1989 #13: Don't Let Them Shoot The Kite

Prolific Turkish filmmaker Tunç Basaran's recent passing in late 2019 came as sad news for a film industry that is finally making a considerable mark on an international level. His 1989 film Don't Let Them Shoot The Kite is a small drama that has quietly become a part of the zeitgeist of modern Turkish cinema and, therefore, … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film 1989 #13: Don't Let Them Shoot The Kite

A Lifetime in Film 1989 #14: Say Anything…

"I want to get hurt!" So declares Lloyd Dobler in the beginning of Cameron Crowe's accidental masterpiece Say Anything... It's a line that, like pretty much everything else in the film, is direct, real and relatable. As played by John Cusack, Lloyd is a hard-headed, aimless, but endlessly lovable high school grad looking for meaning … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film 1989 #14: Say Anything…

A Lifetime In Film: 1989 Introduction

Something happens to cinema as the end of a decade approaches. Filmmakers become more forward-looking in their techniques and their storytelling. You don't believe me? Witness 1979 - Alien and Apocalypse Now and those are just the A's, or 1999 (arguably the best year for movies ever, though some argue it may be topped by '79). … Continue reading A Lifetime In Film: 1989 Introduction

A Lifetime in Film 1988: Wrap-Up

Overall Impressions: As I look back on the 15 films that formed my cinematic journey through the year 1988, I tend to think back on individual scenes rather than whole cinematic experiences. It's usually the case, looking back on a year of cinema, that the real power is with singular moments, no matter how good … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film 1988: Wrap-Up

A Lifetime in Film 1988 #1: Die Hard

Review: I'd like to say that the timing of this review is planned - Christmas is only a couple of days away and watching Die Hard has become one of the most enduring holiday traditions among film lovers everywhere. Of course, it's still debatable whether Die Hard truly qualifies as a big-C "Christmas" movie, since it was never … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film 1988 #1: Die Hard

A Lifetime in Film 1988 #2: Rain Man

Review: Well I've already reviewed Rain Man as part of my Tom Cruise Tribute blog series, but I thought I'd share a few additional thoughts here. It's a great film. In fact I think it's one of those movies that simply gets better every time I see it. The performances, especially the one by Cruise, only benefit … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film 1988 #2: Rain Man