#TBT: The Godfather (Coppola/1972)

If you’re a filmmaker and you have yet to see Coppola‘s The Godfather, I suggest you drop what you’re doing right this second and find a copy immediately. The Godfather is simply one of those films that (whether you like gangster movies or not) appeals to a variety of movie-goers on several levels, which make […]

#TBT: Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills” (1977-1980)

In fall 1977, Cindy Sherman began making pictures that would eventually become her groundbreaking “Untitled Film Stills.” Over three years, the series (presented here in its entirety) grew to comprise a total of seventy black-and-white photographs. Taken as a whole, the “Untitled Film Stills”—resembling publicity pictures made on movie sets—read like an encyclopedic roster of […]

#TBT: Camera Owned by Ansel Adams Up For Auction

“You could quite easily argue that Ansel Adams is one of, if not the most, famous American photographer of all time. Which is what makes it so exciting that one of his cameras is now up for auction, giving people a chance to bid on a piece of memorabilia from one of the greatest photographers […]

#TBT: The Matrix (Wachowski/1999)

“You can stop waiting for the future of movies. It’s already here. Someday, 1999 will be etched on a microchip as the first real year of 21st-century filmmaking. The year when all the old, boring rules about cinema started to crumble. The year when a new generation of directors—weaned on cyberspace and Cops, Pac-Man and […]

#TBT: A Look at Stanley Kubrick’s Innovative Screenplay Format

Many are familiar with Stanley Kubrick‘s disturbingly shocking films, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Shining (1980) and Full Metal Jacket (1987) to name a few.  But did you know he was quite the innovator when it came to the screenplay format. We’re all familiar with the conventional screenplay format.  Here’s a page from Kubrick’s […]

#TBT: Groundhog Day (Ramis/1993)

"Groundhog Day is a film that finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is." - Roger Ebert

#TBT: The Fifth Element (Besson/1997)

The Fifth Element, a 1997 French film (yes, French), directed by Luc Besson was the “Largest production ever filmed at Pinewood Studios.   It had biggest special effects budget of all time.  And was one of the most expensive productions in the history of French cinema.”  It’s no wonder it happens to also be one of […]

#TBT: Taxi Driver (Scorsese/1976)

Martin Scorsese’s 1976 modern classic, Taxi Driver, begins with a grandiose opening sequence.  Very film noir, very Casablanca meets Alfred Hitchcock as we see a “taxi glide through the night like an iron coffin” (Mark Cousins, Story of Film: An Odyssey)  The film is seen through the eyes of the driver, Travis, it’s his point of […]

#TBT: Oldboy (Park/2003)

With the remake set to be released next weekend I thought it fitting that we explore and revisit the elements that make Chan-wook Park’s Oldboy such a masterpiece.  For starters, cinematographer, Chung-hoon Chung’s use of lighting is phenomenal in this film. He maintains a consistent air of eeriness throughout the piece which evokes a sense […]