Marlon Brando and his ambiguous wig

The Night of the Following Day: The intent, not the execution/ Retro Review by Ian M. Clarke

Most critics agree that Marlon Brando was/is the best English-language film actor ever. (A close second is Mark Wahlberg, but let’s discuss later). Therefore, squinting within the myopia of prejudice, it’s virtually impossible to clearly appraise a Brando performance. The solution? Try and approach Mr. B sideways, willingly suspending the knowledge of his reputation. Tough, I know, I know… But if… Read more →

From the original movie "Planet of the Apes" wher four astronauts land on a strange planet where apes are in control presented by 20th Century Fox in 1968. A family portrait of Ape leader Caesar (Roddy McDowall) his wife Lisa (Natalie Trundy) and son Cornelius (BobbyPorter).        LA TIMES LIBRARY FILE PHOTO

Planet of the Apes: More Clever than Camp / Retro Review by Ian M. Clarke

Animal rights. Racial inequality. Militarism. Objectivity of history. Class structure. Individual rights. Military-industrial expansionism. Socio-political commentary. It’s science fiction in a world without technology, yet it takes place in the future. Monkeys talk, people grunt. What the hell is really going on in Planet of the Apes (1968)? This film is clever. An audience is barely given time to jeer… Read more →

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The Thomas Crown Affair: Beauty Needs No Excuse / Retro Review by Ian M. Clarke

  By Ian M. Clarke   Director Norman Jewison had a problem. How do you make two aggressively self-obsessed, somewhat sociopathic people even remotely attractive? If you make one person Steve McQueen, and the other Faye Dunaway, you have the ‘remotely attractive’ question somewhat answered. The Thomas Crown Affair is a film about greed, about what happens when the platforms… Read more →

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Casino Royale (1967) “The name is Bond, Jimmy Bond” Retro Review by Ian M. Clarke

                          Casino Royale: A 1967 hellzapoppin’ film based on Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name. James Bond in a full-blown hellzapoppin’? Why yes – and such a thing could only happen in 1967. At no other time during the incomprehensible history of this planet could anyone corral… Read more →

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‘Don’t Make Waves’ Or ‘How a 60s FrankenFilm Pulls it Off’ by Ian M. Clarke

  It’s confusing to think that Alexander Mackendrick, the director of such classics as The Man in the White Suit, The Lady Killers, and The Sweet Smell of Success, also made Don’t Make Waves (1967). I suppose that even ambitious film directors need something light and fun to cleanse the artistic palette. But that’s not how it worked out. Not… Read more →

Matthew Clark (R) and his brother Michael at their home in Lincoln, playing with a train set

The Curious Case of Clark Brothers | DOCUMENTARY REVIEW by Rooster

Written by Rooster Shortstuffyan This 2012 documentary film is a channel4 TV feature that was filmed, produced and directed by Stuart Greig. It is available online on websites such as youtube, where I originally stumbled upon this heart-wrenching documentary. The film tells a unique story of a family impacted by an age-defying condition called Leukodystrophy. This rare disease causes the… Read more →

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Marcoc 7: The Mother Lode for Retrosploitation. Yeah baby! | RETRO REVIEW by I.M.Clarke

By Ian M Clarke “The vintage style, the reproduction and reclamation of past fashions, original objects, and old looks, is a highly commoditised phenomenon.” – ‘Retro, faux-vintage, and anachronism: When Cinema Looks Back’   There are films that represent – unintentionally but blatantly – the zeitgeist of the period in which they are made. E.g., Blake Edwards’ films of the… Read more →

Mrs. Miller tokes opium. Not good.

McCabe and Mrs. Miller: A Snow Poem (The final Robert Altman article in a trilogy) | I.M. Clarke

McCabe and Mrs. Miller: A Snow Poem (The final Robert Altman article in a trilogy) | I.M. Clarke “…snow was… softly falling …upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill…It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the… Read more →

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M*A*S*H: Or Animal House Goes to Korea (The second Altman article in a series of three) | I.M. Clarke

Through early morning fog I see/ Visions of the things to be/ The pains that are withheld for me/ I realize and I can see/ That suicide is painless/ It brings on many changes/ And I can take or leave it if I please. * ‘Suicide Is Painless’, theme to M*A*S*H   I heard the best movie ever made about… Read more →

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Robert Altman: Let it Bleed (The first article in a series of three)

The Long Goodbye: Rip Van Winkle wakes up in 1973 By I.M. Clarke “[In The Long Goodbye] I decided that the camera should never stop moving. It was arbitrary… We would just put the camera on a dolly and everything would move or pan, but it didn’t match the action; usually it was counter to it. It gave me that… Read more →