Blue Velvet (1986)

Blue Velvet (1986) was audacious, exciting, and original when it premiered more than 20 years ago. In retrospect, however, director David Lynch’s work doesn’t seem as groundbreaking as it once appeared.¬† I first saw the movie the night it opened in Washington, D.C. Based on media buzz and the interest of friends, I was so […]

Inside Man (2006)

If ever there was any doubt of Spike Lee’s position among the great directors of the current generation, Inside Man clears things up. Plus, we get an immensely satisfying and slyly socially relevant entertainment in the bargain. Tags: 2000s, action, crime, drama, police, political, thriller

The Big Heat (1953)

The most striking thing about this violent crime drama is its bloodlessness. This is a bracing dose of modernity that presages the likes of Chinatown, L.A. Confidential, and the Sopranos, yet not a single drop of blood is shed. Even as the body count mounts, with as many murders happening on screen as off, with […]