At times Jonathan Hensleigh's film is ultra-violent and unpleasant, while at other times it is jokey or farcical, while still at other times it strikes a muddled balance between very silly material and deathly serious performances.
Lawrence Wright’s devastating, impeccably researched history of Scientology’s “Prison of Belief” vividly illustrates the ability of this “Church” to successfully prey upon nearly every dark strain in the modern American psyche, from celebrity-worship to ego-mania and the lust for power and money.
Quentin Tarantino is reliving his childhood cinema experiences, reinterpreting fractured moments of memory. Going to the movies is about an escape from our world, a mirror world at once familiar yet different.
It was the year of the behemoth box set, the multi-disc triumph that tried to give long suffering fans everything their demanding little digital hearts ever desired. Here are PopMatters' 30 picks for the best DVDs of the year.
Unfortunately, even though our collective cultural memory has rightfully situated Saturday Night Fever as the film that launched disco music into the mainstream, it also has ignored or forgotten the powerful story it told.