A Blow To Civilization

Beavis and Butthead

Butthead: I wish I had a face on my butt. You could blow your nose in your underwear. Huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh.” Beavis: “You wouldn’t need a hankie. Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh. And this is what Beavis and Butthead would probably say to all the criticism. And, by all means, they would be right to do so – and some articles […]

Project ALF

Project ALF

One of the main themes of the ALF series was satire, a satire aimed at the whole Cold War period – even the way in which ALF’s Melmac was destroyed was supposed to signal the alarm as to where the world was heading, with the whole nuclear race going on. Not only the series, but […]

Lonesome Quotes

Lonesome Dove

Sure, Lonesome Dove is a critique brought to the myth of the Old West, a critique brought to the way people thought and looked at cowboys – they aren’t the supernatural-like heroes, they are men just like everybody else. But that doesn’t mean at all that Lonesome Dove doesn’t include scenes just like one would […]

Best Moments With Andy Griffith

Andy and Opie

The fact that there are no color episodes included in here is not strange at all – not just the critics, but also the fans, believe that the Andy Griffith Show completely changed after they switched from black and white to color. For example, Andy himself went from being calm, strong and wise to being […]

How to Sing Your Way Out of Embarrassment

The Sound of Music

Five decades from the making of The Sound of Music, and the drama – or whatever genre you might be tempted to attribute to this production – is still top-ranking. It continues to top the bill, being a point of reference in the history of Hollywood musicals. So, what is it about The Sound of […]

A Modern Staging of the Eternal Return

The Fifth Element

There is no complicated metaphysics staged in The Fifth Element. It is actually a concept we immediately relate to, which is perhaps why the movie was so popular from the very beginning. Every five millennia or so, the world comes to a point where the mysterious Fifth Element must be ushered in on Earth in […]

Between Declared Feminism and Hidden Misogyny

Wonder Woman

Back in the ‘30s, the screen appeared to be taken over by male superheroes. William M. Marston thought he should challenge the status quo, and created what proved to be his most treasured legacy: Wonder Woman (well, that and some key elements of the nowadays polygraph, but that’s not the point here). His creation inspired […]

Breaking Bad: Why We Admire the Antagonist

Walter White

To have a steady scale of value is pretty commonsensical. And it actually works until… it doesn’t. There are moments of crisis when all conventions drop and they are exposed for what they truly are: artificial codes we are comfortable with because they keep us cozy. Filmmaking has rarely honored us with such a monumental […]

Clint Eastwood and Gran Torino

Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino

Four years passed between Million Dollars Baby and Gran Torino – four years in which Clint Eastwood settled to staying behind the camera. So the question that was asked was whether he hunted for a project like Gran Torino in order to act again. As Clint Eastwood said, he didn’t do that. In his own […]

The Essence of Being John Wayne

John Wayne in True Grit

There is a scene in True Grit which presents the essence of the American hero: John Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn faces of with a gang of bad guys, all alone, ultimately managing to defeat them all. It is a splendid shot, in which it is pretty clear who has the best chances of actually getting out […]