Clerks (1994): Hell is the next customer in Kevin Smith’s first movie

Clerks (1994): Hell is the next customer in Kevin Smith’s first movie

As I’m starting to write this review, I’m realizing that Clerks is now thirty years old. My Blu-ray is the 15th-anniversary edition (but the disc is only 13 years old). Time passes, but the movie feels like stuck in time. It’s a vignette representing a not-so-far past that is getting harder to remember. Yet, it still feels universal and intemporal.

Convenience and video store clerks Dante and Randal are sharp-witted, potty-mouthed, and bored out of their minds. So in between needling customers, the counter jockeys play hockey on the roof, visit a funeral home, and deal with their love lives.

Discovering Robert Redford: The 8+ Movies To Watch

Discovering Robert Redford: The 8+ Movies To Watch

At my home, we couldn’t talk about Paul Newman without evoking Robert Redford, and vice versa. So, it feels natural for our 13th stop on the Road to the Stars, to take take a look at the movies starring Academy Award winner Paul Newman. After all, I already wrote about Newman.

Born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, Charles Robert Redford Jr. started his career onstage in the late 1950s before moving to television and quickly to the big screen, making his film debut in War Hunt in 1962.

During the 1970s, he became a major Hollywood star and garnered widespread acclaim. Then, he successfully launched his directorial career with the film “Ordinary People” (1980), which won four Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture.

In addition to his 6-decade-long film career, Redford is a passionate environmentalist and founder of the Sundance Film Festival, which has become a significant platform for independent filmmakers. His contributions to the arts and his activism have cemented his legacy as a multifaceted and influential figure in American cinema and beyond.

Alien Covenant (2017): A Solid Alien horror movie

Alien Covenant (2017): A Solid Alien horror movie

After that debacle called Prometheus, the perspective of seeing another Alien prequel movie was not that exciting. In fact, the last time I went through the series, I stopped before giving it a second chance. It was a mistake because it’s a clear improvement on its predecessor. It’s the movie Prometheus should have been.

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship ‘Covenant’ discovers what is thought to be an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world—which has a sole inhabitant: the ‘synthetic’, David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

My June 2024 Recap. What did I Watch and Read?

My June 2024 Recap. What did I Watch and Read?

Already at the end of the first half of the year, time flows quickly. June 2024 will not be one of the highlights of the year I think. I didn’t watch enough good movies and my readings were not that memorable. There were good things though.

I have the feeling that it was a month of endings as I concluded my rewatch of Batman: TAS, the first season of The X-Files, and the Alien movies, among other things. I tried new things on the blog, but not everything turned out as I would have liked. Anyway, we are here for a little recap, so let’s go do some recapping.

I watched the 5 most popular Charlie Chaplin Movies and didn’t like them

I watched the 5 most popular Charlie Chaplin Movies and didn’t like them

From as far as I can remember, I have always met people who loved Charlie Chaplin movies. Apparently, they are hilarious. When it comes to classic movies that old, it’s hard to find a lot of critical discourse going into the why and why not. It’s just established facts. Those movies are great. The discussion is closed. Next!

I was never interested in watching them. Mostly, I avoided silent movies because, even if it’s not the kind of things you are supposed to admit out loud, I’m not that curious about them. What I saw were the same scenes cut from the same movies, what looks like the best things that were made, and some impressive feats that people have a hard time imagining were feasible so long ago because we always think that what is older than us is stuck in a space-time bubble where nothing was ever tried. The world must have waited for my coming to really move forward!

More seriously, for me, silent movies look from afar like something I would not be that interested in as I’m not that into pantomimes and overacting. Of course, I know I’m wrong about what silent movies are, but nobody tried to prove to me that I was too far off. Telling me that they are great is not enough.

Retro TV Review: Batman: The Animated Series Is Still A Really Good Batman Show Today

Retro TV Review: Batman: The Animated Series Is Still A Really Good Batman Show Today

It’s not what anyone would call a hot take. Batman: The Animated Series is a good show. It was one when it came on TV 32 years ago and it is still one today. I wanted to rewatch it for a long time and I finally did it, confirming what everybody is still saying.

There are 85 episodes plus 24 more in the follow-up show titled The New Batman Adventures—rebranding due to a change in the channel. That’s a lot of fun short adventures. Some are bad, don’t get me wrong, especially at the beginning. It’s common for the creative team must find out what works and what doesn’t.

Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, and Logan Marshall-Green in Prometheus (2012)

Prometheus (2012): The Alien Origin Story No One Asked For

There was and always will be movie franchises. We love them when they are good and we pretend that we could do with only standalone movies when they are bad. Prometheus makes you wish it was a standalone movie because being connected to the Alien franchise is just setting it up for failure.

And it failed, for sure. Not that the previous two movies were on the winning side, but they were not trying to reinvent the wheel while delivering their absolute nonsense dipped into some religious ideas.

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Living in Oblivion Year 1995 - Steve Buscemi, Dermot Mulroney, Hilary Gilford

Know Your Camera Shots & Angles: A Guide for Beginners Like Me

I never went to film school and never will. All I know about cinema comes from the movies I watch and what I read about them. Honestly, I’m not that interested in how each and every scene is filmed. I prefer to keep some of the magic intact. I’m here because I love films, the stories they tell, and the way they tell them. The rest is for the makers.

However, I like talking and writing about the movies I watch, and to do that, it’s always better to be familiar with the vocabulary of cinema. It certainly helps when you want to point out something specific.

For future reference, I decided to build a glossary of a sort, starting with the different types of camera shots and angles. To my surprise, there were more of them than I thought. If I forgot some, please add them in the comments.