by Niall McArdle Has The Simpsons got its groove back? Maybe. Sunday’s annual Treehouse of Horror episode seemed like a return to form. It was much anticipated because of its segment where the family met the earlier, more crudely-drawn Tracey Ullman Show versions of themselves, but it was the glorious Stanley Kubrick homage that has everyone talking. […]Read more "A Clockwork Yellow: All the Stanley Kubrick Film References in The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror"
Slim Pickens wasn’t actually told it was a comedy and Kubrick directed him as if he was in a straight war filmRead more "“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is the War Room!” Dr. Strangelove"
by Niall McArdle For the month of August MovieRob has been hosting a Genre Grandeur on War Movies. Here is a review of Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 film Paths of Glory that I wrote for him.Read more "The Pity of War: ‘Paths of Glory’"
I don’t know what it’s all about, really, and I can’t decide if it’s really good or really pretentious … or both. I think it’s about our need for physical contact and love, but it may also be about how some people cannot handle those things. If David Cronenberg adapted a J.G. Ballard novel and then handed it off to Stanley Kubrick to direct, it might be this film.Read more "Under the Skin Gets, Er, Under The Skin"
By Niall McArdle Last week cinema lost another great character actor, James Rebhorn, who died of skin cancer, but not before writing his own obituary. Rebhorn was very often cast as a stern authority figure, usually an asshole (the headmaster in Scent of a Woman, the Secretary of Defence in Independence Day). […]Read more "“Don’t Mess with the Bull”: 18 Memorable Movie Assholes"
By Niall McArdle Stephen King turns 66 today and shows no sign of slowing down. Since 1974 he has published over 50 novels, scores of short stories and several pieces of non-fiction, including one, On Writing, that anyone serious about the craft of fiction should read. The merits of some of his novels are debatable, […]Read more "Happy Birthday, Stephen King! The Best Movie Adaptations of Stephen King Novels"