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Seeing Cinema in a New Light / essays by Ian C. Bloom






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This is a site of film criticism.  Some essays constitute in-depth analyses, while others better fit the parameters of a review. 

No attempt is made to hold back crucial plot points.  Just remember that we only have one chance to see a movie for the first time.

Please note that PDF versions are available as links via each HTML page.  Look just below the title.


 

 

 

 
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
ALADDIN (1992)
 AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
 AMITYVILLVE HORROR, THE (1979)
ARTIST, THE (2011)
 AVIATOR, THE (2004)  
BATMAN BEGINS (2005) 
 BEN-HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST (1959)
BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984) 
BOB ROBERTS (1992) 
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) 
CASINO ROYALE (2006) 
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002) 
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958)
CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981)
CITIZEN KANE (1941) 
CONVERSATION, THE (1974) 
DARK KNIGHT, THE (2008) 
DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989)
DECLINING MONROE
 DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971)
DIRTY HARRY (1971)
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
DOWNFALL (2004) 
EDGE, THE (1997)
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE (1980) 
ENDLESS SUMMER, THE (1966)
ENTRAPMENT (1999) 
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE (2011)
FANTASIA (1940)
FARGO (1996)
 FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1991)
THE FECKLESS FAITH OF INDIANA JONES 
FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (1986)
FUGITIVE, THE (1993)
GODFATHER, THE (1972) 
GODFATHER PART II, THE (1974) 
 GODFATHER PART III, THE (1990)
GODS AND GENERALS (2003) 
GOODBYE GIRL, THE (1977) 
 GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, THE (1967)
GRADUATE, THE (1967) 
GRAN TORINO (2008)   
GREASE (1978) 
HEARTS OF DARKNESS (1991) 
HE'S GOT YOUR BACK (TO THE FUTURE) 
HOME ALONE (1990) 
HOOSIERS (1986) 
 HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, THE (1990)
IN THE BEDROOM (2001) 
IN THE LINE OF FIRE (1993) 
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) 
 JAWS (1975)
JFK (1991) 
KNIFE IN THE WATER (1962)
LADY FROM SHANGHAI, THE (1947) 
LADY VANISHES, THE (1938)
LAKEVIEW TERRACE (2008)
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (2006)
LICENCE TO KILL (1989)
LITTLE WOMEN (1994) 
MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE (1960)
 MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, A (1966)

 MANHATTAN (1979)

MARNIE (1964)

MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, A (1999) 

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II (2000)

 MOONSTRUCK (1987)

MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING (1997) 

NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

OCEAN'S ELEVEN (2001) 

ODD COUPLE, THE (1968)

ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969) 

ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
OUT OF AFRICA (1985)

OUTSIDERS, THE (1983)

PAJAMA GAME, THE (1957)

 PATRIOT GAMES (1992)

PATTON (1969)

 PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (1985)

PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE (1940)

PRESUMED INNOCENT (1990)

PSYCHO (1960)
RIO BRAVO (1959)
THE ROCKY STORY
RUSSIA HOUSE, THE (1990)
SAYONARA (1957)
SECRET OF NIMH, THE (1982)
SEPARATE TABLES (1958) 
SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943) 
 THE SHIFTING SANDS OF STAR WARS 
SIGNS IS FOR THE BIRDS
 SILVERADO (1985)
SINCE YOU WENT AWAY (1944)
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)
SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS (1999)
SOUND OF MUSIC, THE (1965)
SPACE CAMP (1986)
SPARTACUS (1960)
SPY GAME (2001)
STAR TREK (2009)
SUNRISE (1927)
SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
SUPERMAN REDUX
TAKEN (2009)
THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, THE (1968)
THX-1138 (1971)
THUNDERBALL (1965) 
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
TOOTSIE (1982)
TORA! TORA! TORA! (1970)
TOWERING INFERNO, THE (1974)
 VERTIGO (1958)

WHAT ABOUT BOB? (1991)

 WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... (1989)

WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, THE (1999)

 
 

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