Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Romancing the Stone

ROMANCING THE STONE¬†(1984) Directed by Robert Zemeckis Cinematography by Dean Cundey With The Lost City hitting theaters soon, this week’s movie for The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot is Romancing the Stone, as both share a very similar premise. I was excited to revisit this film as I’d only previously seen it…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – West Side Story

WEST SIDE STORY (2021) Directed by Steven Spielberg Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot takes on another 2021 adaptation of an old favorite: West Side Story! Steven Spielberg took on the daunting task of putting his own spin on a beloved classic, and I’ll admit that despite his…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – The Conversation

  THE CONVERSATION (1974) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Cinematography by Bill Butler (and uncredited: Haskell Wexler) This week’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot episode at The Film Experience is all about The Conversation, the film sandwiched between Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, released the same year as the…

Films in 2022: February

February was a lighter movie-watching month, at least compared to my usual viewing habits. But it was still a great month of film, especially for screenings around L.A., from retrospectives honoring Peter Bogdanovich and Sidney Poitier¬†to a couple of my favorite filmmakers making special in-person appearances, Paul Thomas Anderson and Barry Jenkins! I’ve also been…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – All That Heaven Allows

ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (1955) Directed by Douglas Sirk Cinematography by Russell Metty This week’s movie for The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot series is one of my very favorites: All That Heaven Allows. I love Douglas Sirk’s Technicolor melodramas (four of his best ones are currently streaming on the Criterion Channel!),…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Nightmare Alley

NIGHTMARE ALLEY (2021) Directed by Guillermo del Toro Cinematography by Dan Laustsen The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot is back (for a four-week miniseries)! I participated in the last couple of seasons from a few years ago and enjoyed focusing on the cinematography of the assigned films, so I’m glad the series…

Films in 2022: January

Well, we’ve made it through the first month of the year. It was a somber start though, with beloved film figures Peter Bogdanovich and Sidney Poitier passing away within the first week. I didn’t get around to actually watching or revisiting some of their films like I normally do after someone’s passing, but fortunately, there…

Films in 2021 Review

The past year in movie-watching, fortunately, offered more exciting viewing experiences instead of just seeing almost everything at home, as I had in 2020. While I did still watch hundreds of movies on my couch, I was able to see dozens of films on the big screen. That included my return to the New York…

Films in 2021: December

And just like that, a new year is upon us. The last month of 2021 flew by for me, mostly because I was dealing with my big move to Los Angeles in the first couple of weeks and then getting adjusted to my new job. So my movie-watching went down a little because of all…

Films in 2021: November

November was another whirlwind month for me. As I do every year, I watched a bunch of noir films for Noirvember (which I’ve listed on my Letterboxd here). I didn’t get around to watching as many new-to-me noirs as I would’ve liked, especially from the classic era, but overall I enjoyed what I watched and…