Articles in the March 2010 Department
Steve P’s Journey Through Kill Bill was originally published on Genrebusters. This article is re-posted on Playtime by permission of the author. You can catch up on the Journey by reading Part 1 & 2 , Part 3&4, and Part 5 here.
Volume 2 Intro and Chapter 6: Massacre At Two Pines
Volume Two of the Kill Bill Saga begins exactly like Volume One: the screen is black and we hear the titular antagonist explaining in his own special way that this hurts him more than it does The Bride. …
Now that the Academy has had its say on the supposed best films of 2009, we at Playtime have taken the occasion to reflect not only on the past year, but the last decade, and the best it had to offer. These lists by our contributors are anything but authoritative — we’re not experts, we’re enthusiasts — but if our survey of the decade in cinema isn’t comprehensive, it is full of conviction. The films on our lists may not be the “best of the decade,” but each of us believes that they are the best that we’ve seen. The Aughts were a fertile and creatively fecund ten years for filmmaking around the world, and the films offered here reflect that. Enjoy.
It’s time once again to name the worst movies I had the misfortune of sitting through in 2009. There might be worse out there, but these are the ones I’ve seen. Enjoy, my friends, The Scott Condella shit-plate special. After all, I did this for you. Also, as a special gift, one of the entries will include multiple movies.
Part of the fun of watching a Scorsese film is being surprised by the brio with which he stages and edits his sequences; his camera roams fluidly or the composition pops like a flashbulb perhaps the narrative even takes an unexpected turn that doesn’t feel like a prosaic “twist.” Shutter Island, however, looks and feels exactly like you’d expect it to for any film with this synopsis: “U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner arrive at an isolated psychiatric facility for the criminally insane in the mid-1950s to investigate the disappearance of a patient who murdered her children. As ominous clues are raised that suggest a deeper, darker mystery, Teddy begins to question the motives of everyone around him, and perhaps his own sanity…” Guess the twist. Go ahead. Guess.