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: 1988 #12 A Short Film About Love

Review:Acclaimed Polish filmmaker Krysztof Kieslowski's A Short Film About Love was released the same year as A Short Film About Killing which I briefly mentioned in the introductory post summarizing 1988. For some reason, despite Killing's hard-hitting, unflinching content, the relatively lightweight Love is the film that has gained greater notoriety and acclaim over the years. I'll be very honest that as … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #12 A Short Film About Love

A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #15 The Great Outdoors

Review: OK, most people probably won't spend more than a short paragraph actually reviewing the 1988 John Hughes comedy The Great Outdoors. It's the consummate 80's nature comedy starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy and, unfortunately does exactly what one would expect. The story of affable Chet (the naturally charismatic Candy), and his crooked businessman brother-in-law Roman's … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #15 The Great Outdoors

TC Tribute #14: Far and Away B+

A Film Review By Stefan VlahovAn idealistic blockbuster about the Irish immigrant struggle in late 19th century America, director Ron Howard's Far and Away has received an unfairly bad rap over the last decade. Long thought of as an overblown melodramatic epic, the film actually hides a fairly subtle message about class structure beneath all … Continue reading TC Tribute #14: Far and Away B+

TC Tribute #13: Days of Thunder (1990) C

A Film Review By Stefan VlahovBy the late 80's/early 90's Tom Cruise had built up enough pedigree with an Oscar Nomination (Born on the Fourth of July) and consistent box office successes that he could do anything he wanted. He chose Days of Thunder which certainly fits the bill of a star vanity project. Cruise co-wrote the story with … Continue reading TC Tribute #13: Days of Thunder (1990) C

Movie Review: Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) B

A Film Review By Stefan VlahovIt's a scenario that's practically meant for high melodrama: a group of police officers and criminals stuck in a claustrophobic police building have to defend themselves from a mysterious outside force that contains a lot more firepower than they do. Back in the 70s, the original Assault on Precinct 13 … Continue reading Movie Review: Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) B