Category: Movie Reviews

Fellini’s 8 1/2: An Honest Review

  8 1/2 Federico Fellini’s film 8 ½. It was not what I expected. It was marvelous. It was the story of a man who is looking at his life and trying to figure out if he has what he wants or even more importantly, what it is that...

Film on Film as Life on Life

Film on Film as Life on Life Watching a great film can give a person insights into the existence they lead. That may be the key to why human beings are willing to spend as much time as we do sitting in darkened theatres or immobilized on couches during...

Five Seasons of Fellini – Amarcord

Five Seasons of Fellini   If you are no longer a teenager, think back to the time when you were. If you were to pick one significant year from that time and make it into a movie, who are the people, what are the images, and what are the...

Welcome to the Liberators

Welcome to the Liberators   “Welcome to the Liberators!” It is painted on a brick wall as Antonia and her daughter walk into a Dutch village that Antonia grew up in in the movie Anotonia’s Line, directed by Marleen Gorris. While the message is clearly meant for Allied troops...

Richard III – Evil Evil England – An Honest Review

Richard III: Evil Evil England  A Review of Richard III (1998) starring Ian Mckellen and Annette Bening When one looks at the United Kingdom, one naturally expects to find certain things. Among these are crumpets, tea, drivers sitting on the right hand side of automobiles, double-deck buses, and a...

The Player – A Robert Altman Film

About The Player – Robert Altman’s Insider Look Inside of Hollywood What does it mean to be an insider in Hollywood? What happens behind the scenes during the process of an idea becoming a script, a script becoming a pitch, a pitch being selected to be made into a...

Looking for Richard – A Film Review

Looking for Richard and Looking for Relevance by Vago Damitio It would seem that one of the major tasks facing filmmakers and story tellers of all stripes today is to find relevance between the story being told and the lives we lead. This search for relevance is not simply...

Sex, Drugs, and a Holiday in Cambodia

Sex, Drugs, and a Holiday in Cambodia  In 1987 Spalding Grey, released his indy film/monologue, Swimming to Cambodia. In the monologue, Gray discusses a trip he took to Thailand, his experiences on the trip, and the events that led him there. Of primary significance to the monologue is the...

A Memento of Henri Bergson – Christopher Nolan’s Memento

A Memento of Henri Bergson You may think that you are free, but you are not. You may think that each action you take is an unrestrained choice, but it is not. You ( and everyone else) are incarcerated in a prison that controls every action you take and...

Rush – The Art of Fast Cars and Beautiful Drama – A Review

I’m not much of a sports guy. When someone says “Who’s your team?” I usually have to think about it and I generally pick Seattle because that’s where I was born. I don’t really like watching sports, I’m not into NASCAR, I don’t really go for motorcycles or the...

Short Film Reviews – The Seventh Seal, Homerun, The Big Lebowski, Three Days of the Condor, Dogma, Ansel Adams Biography, E2, David Brower and His Fight to Save Wild America

Some thoughts on some films by VagoDamitio The Seventh Seal(1958) This was interesting. Essentially a medieval peasant western with a lot of very sharp philosophy and criticism all steeped in religious overtones and an almost overpowering existential neurosis. Essentially, the questions boil down to ‘What is it for and...

Slaughterhouse Five (the film)- A Review

Slaughterhouse Five (the film)- A Review by Vago Damitio This wasn’t a terrible film. It seemed to stay fairly true to the book, however, they did a fairly bad job of making Billy Pilgrim age effectively. This was distracting. Pilgrim was perhaps a bad job of casting, though the...

The Third Man – a very short review by Vago Damitio

The Third Man A very short review by Vago Damitio I suppose this might have been the movie that personified a genre, but it didn’t work for me. I enjoyed it, but not enough to remember anything but annoyance. The message from the smirking Orson Wells, however, that killing...

Manhattan – a review

Manhattan A Review By Vago Damitio Again, a movie I thought I knew something about but was completely off on. Manhattan is a sort of cynical and sort of sweet exploration of what love is in the adult world. Woody Allen is a sort of anti-hero who judges the...

Good Night and Good Luck a Review by Vago Damitio

Good Night and Good Luck a review by Vago Damitio It’s funny how I have so many preconceived notions about films I haven’t seen. Now that I’ve seen it, I remember being excited about Good Night and Good Luck. It’s the story of television journalism without fear. The story...

Doomsday – A review

A film review by Vago Damitio If you have any respect for my taste in movies…you will probably lose it if you see Doomsday. I caught Neil Marshall’s latest film at the dollar theater which could go partway to explaining why I liked it so much. If I had...

Reassemblage – A Review of From the Firelight to the Screen

>Deconstructing the Mind’s Preconceptions by Vago Damitio What Do You SEE???? This is the question that is asked in the Trinh T. Minh-ha experimental documentary Reassemblage. On the surface level, the film is about the women of Senegal and the way they live. This is, however, simply one layer...

Do the Riot Thing – A Review of Twilight Los Angeles

Do the Riot Thing- A Look at Race, Riots, Inequality, and Morality by Vago Damitio Just about anyone can tell you how it feels to be overcharged, ripped off, short changed, or screwed over. We’ve all dealt with it. The reason for this is because we are all humans...

Obasuteyama – Film Review

by Vago Damitio It’s never easy to become old. Whether one is looking for a job at Walmart to supplement social security in the USA or attempting to define one’s self within a new social context in another society, the process of aging is one that comes with a...

Waking Life – A Review

Waking Life – A Review by Vago Damitio I remember an incident that happened when I was about five years old. My father was lying on his back in a grassy park and I had been trying to bury him in handfuls of grass that I ripped off of the...