Ridley Scott’s “Alien” (1979) — THE DIRECTORS SERIES

Academy Award wins: Best Visual Effects Inducted into the National Film Registry: 2002 “In space, nobody can hear you scream”. It’s one of the most iconic taglines in cinema history— an exercise in pulpy brilliance that perfectly encapsulates the movie it accompanies. That movie is, of course, the 1979 science fiction classic ALIEN. ALIEN needs […]

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Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” (1982) — THE DIRECTORS SERIES

Inducted into the National Film Registry: 1993 As I sit here writing this essay, it is the year 2018, in the city of Los Angeles, California. It’s a sunny, slightly chilly morning. When I look out my window, I see the stubby trees, freshly-watered green lawns, and the stately bungalows of Larchmont— a sleepy residential […]

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Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” (1998) — THE DIRECTORS SERIES

Notable Festivals: Berlin (Golden Bear) Inducted into the Criterion Collection: 2010 It seems that no discussion of director Terrence Malick’s life and career can be made without reference to “the absence”— a prolonged period of seeming inactivity that has taken on the same air of mythic folklore that marks his own films. Every successful filmmaker […]

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Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain” (1989) — THE DIRECTORS SERIES

When the cinematic community talks about director Sir Ridley Scott in the context of influential filmmaking, they usually mention the hit singles: ALIEN (1979), BLADE RUNNER (1982), THELMA & LOUISE (1991), GLADIATOR (2000), to name a few. Very rarely do they dive into the deep cuts, but it’s there where one can find some of […]

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Ridley Scott’s “Thelma & Louise” (1991) — THE DIRECTORS SERIES

Inducted into the National Film Registry in 2016 Notable Festivals: Cannes (Out of Competition) A good friend once likened a director’s cultural relevance to a tuning fork— after so many strikes, the fork can begin straying from perfect pitch. Similarly, a director can deliver a number of films that strike a chord with audiences before […]

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Ridley Scott’s “1492: Conquest Of Paradise” (1992) — THE DIRECTORS SERIES

I can still remember that song— the one we were compelled by our grade school teachers to sing every year on one particular day in October. “In August 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”. It’s understandable that the story of Christopher Columbus, the famed Spanish explorer, would be simplified and sanitized for elementary-aged minds as […]

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Terrence Malick’s “The Tree Of Life” (2011) — THE DIRECTORS SERIES

Notable Festivals: Cannes (Palme d’Or) Inducted into the Criterion Collection: 2018 Before he embarked on his twenty year hiatus from filmmaking, director Terrence Malick was laboring over the development of an ambitious passion project he had enigmatically dubbed “Q”. The success of 1978’s DAYS OF HEAVEN had set him up to develop anything he wanted, […]

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Ridley Scott’s “G.I. Jane” (1997) — THE DIRECTORS SERIES

The 1990’s were a golden age for brawny, high-octane action films made by directors with a distinct visual style. Before the dull sheen of computer-generated effects brought their cartoonish rag-doll physics to the fore, these films relied on massive pyrotechnics and even bigger biceps to pump up the audience’s heart rate. The bombastic patriotism of […]

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Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator” (2000) — THE DIRECTORS SERIES

Academy Award Wins: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects The late 90’s and early 2000’s were watershed years for American cinema, ushering in a new age of gigantic studio spectacles following the imagination-shattering release of Steven Spielberg’s JURASSIC PARK in 1993. Cinema had been nicknamed “The Dream Factory” for […]

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Ridley Scott’s “Hannibal” (2001) — THE DIRECTORS SERIES

In the annals of silver screen monsters, few loom as terrifyingly large as one Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous cannibal, murderer, and psychopathic genius. First introduced to film audiences by way of Brian Cox in Michael Mann’s MANHUNTER (1986), the character didn’t really take our collective fear hostage until Sir Anthony Hopkins stepped into the […]

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