The Art of the Reveal: Godzilla Edition

I love a good reveal. Done right — think Harry Lime being outed by a splash of light on that shadowy, cobblestoned Viennese street in Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949), or … Continue Reading…

Forgotten/Ignored Gems: “The Edge” Edition

In a recent, hugely popular CFS post (∼30 views, 0 comments…and counting!), you might recall that I recycled the well-worn assertion that prose has a distinct advantage over film in … Continue Reading…

Kazuo Ishiguro: The Nobel-Prize-Winning Author’s Film Adaptations

While the literary chops of, say, a Robert James Waller (“I am the highway and a peregrine and all the sails that ever went to sea.” — The Bridges of Madison County) or E. L. … Continue Reading…

Forgotten/Ignored Gems: Bob Hoskins Edition

Such is the immortal nature of images captured on celluloid that even a (self-proclaimed) cineaste occasionally finds himself confusing the dead for the living, an embarrassing scenario that usually plays … Continue Reading…

B-Movie Cult Classics Unearthed Watching Late-Night HBO in College (Pt. 6)

The long-awaited sixth edition of this continuing series examining the boozy, late-night discovery of cinematic mediocrity and/or hidden treasures back in college. Enjoy. The Lost Boys (1987, Dir. Joel Schumacher) … Continue Reading…

Greatest War Movie Employing Golf as Key Plot Point

Not to be unkind, but with such mediocrities as Hot Dog…The Movie (1984 teen sex romp with competitive skiing) and Youngblood (1986 Rob Lowe/Patrick Swayze Canadian junior hockey drama) to his … Continue Reading…

Greatest Chase Scenes, Vol.2 (Bipedal) — Part Two

In Part One, which I’m sure provided you with a drug-like high that’s yet to wear off, we covered foot chases in such varied films as The Last of the Mohicans, … Continue Reading…

Greatest Chase Scenes, Vol.2 (Bipedal) — Part One

This week marks 29 years since the CFS was involved in an exciting foot chase at college, the circumstances of which should elicit sympathetic nods from this blog’s vast readership. … Continue Reading…

The F-Bomb in Film: Poetry in Profanity

It seems the Conflicted Film Snob is among the smartest people on the planet. How do I know? Because a recent study found that those with “a big vocabulary of curse … Continue Reading…

Greatest Chase Scenes, Vol. 1 (Vehicular)

If the advanced reviews and word-of-mouth are any indication, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver looks poised to be a summer sleeper. For those unfamiliar with the film, the story revolves around … Continue Reading…