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Shout! Factory Prediction #2: The Ninth Configuration, by Alexander Miller

1 May

Title: The Ninth Configuration

Year: 1980

Director: William Peter Blatty

Cast: Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Ed Flanders, Neville Brand, George DiCenzo, Moses Gunn, Robert Loggia, Joe Spinell, Alejandro Rey, Tom Atkins


Criterion Prediction #86: The Passenger, by Alexander Miller

26 Apr

Title: The Passenger

Year: 1975

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre, Ian Hendry, Steven Berkoff


Criterion Prediction #85: Dersu Uzala, by Alexander Miller

19 Apr

Title: Dersu Uzala

Year: 1975

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Cast: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Aleksandr Pyatkov, Nikolai Volkov, Svetlana Danilchenko, Dmitri Korshikov


Criterion Prediction #84: The King of Comedy, by Alexander Miller

12 Apr

Title: The King of Comedy

Year: 1983

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Robert De Niro, Sandra Bernhard, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Shelly Hack, Catherine Scorsese


Betting on Zero: The Big Short, by Alexander Miller

7 Apr

If the breadth of stylistic variances among documentary filmmakers is any indication of the genre’s range and scope, it almost feels like anything can be a subject for a solid documentary. Sometimes it’s a question of “is the subject a match for the director?” After all, let’s face it: Alex Gibney couldn’t make In Jackson Heights and Frederick Wiseman isn’t the expressionistic whistle-blower responsible for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.


Cezanne et Moi: J’Snooze, by Alexander Miller

5 Apr

Did the French venerate Dalton Trumbo so much that they decided to desecrate one of their celebrated writers as some bizarre form of cinematic retribution for 2015’s Trumbo? Otherwise, I can’t think of a decent reason for Cezanne et Moi to exist. While this flimsy theory about international biopic revenge sounds ludicrous, try watching Cezanne et Moi and you might have some strange ideas as well.


Criterion Prediction #83: The Piano, by Alexander Miller

5 Apr

Title: The Piano

Year: 1993

Director: Jane Campion

Cast: Holly Hunter, Sam Neill, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Cliff Curtis, Kerry Walker


Criterion Prediction #82: Dragon Inn, by Alexander Miller

29 Mar

Title: Dragon Inn aka Dragon Gate Inn

Year: 1967

Director: King Hu

Cast: Shih Chun, Pai Ying, Polly Kuan, Miao Tian, Sit Hon, Cho Kin, Go Ming, Got Siu-Bo, Ko Fei, Hsu Feng


The Three Faces of John Dillinger, by Alexander Miller

28 Mar

We have a longstanding love affair with gangsters and criminals on screen, and the evidence lies in the decades of crime cinema. Despite the influence of German expressionism on the noir genre gangster movies, they are (like westerns) are a distinctly American facet of moviemaking. Shadows and light might illuminate the scene but derby hats, Tommy guns, G-men, and wiseguys aren’t likely to turn up anywhere else in the landscape of world cinema, and Depression-era bank robbers are pure Americana.


Criterion Prediction #81: The Limey, by Alexander Miller

22 Mar

Title: The Limey

Year: 1999

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzman, Barry Newman