How Balthazar in Au Hasard Balthazar Represents Every Person in Existence

If you’ve never subjected yourself to the heart-wrenching experience of watching Robert Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar, then just know that Balthazar, the lovable abused donkey that serves as a protagonist, is you. Granted, he’s also supposed to represent a Christ-like figure, but that’s beside the point. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbXB3xN35p8 The slow death …

The MTV Movie Awards Continues to Reflect the American Filmgoer’s Stupidity

The MTV Movie Awards has never been something that “the industry” takes seriously. However, since its inception in 1992, it seems the executives at MTV have tried to blend elements of sophistication with giving the people what they want. This combination, of course, can never be successful. What makes the …

Friendship Similarities in The 400 Blows and Gossip Girl

François Truffaut’s seminal 1959 film, The 400 Blows, finds Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) at the mercy of patriarchal authority he can’t stand. His numerous similarities to Gossip Girl mainstay Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) aren’t just in the fact that his existence goes utterly unappreciated by his father (who has actually …

Movies From the 90s That Deserve More Reverence

We’ve all heard the many laudatory utterances for gasbag movies of the 90s like The English Patient, Schindler’s List, Titanic, Jurassic Park, The Piano, etc. But what about the lesser paid attention to films–the ones that deserve far more credit than they’re getting when one refers to this Clintonian decade? Below, in …