THEY LIVE

By Peggy Nelson They Live – 1988 – dir. John Carpenter They Live may be the most realistic horror movie you’ll ever see. A train pulls away, revealing a tiny figure in the middle distance, perhaps some kind of modern … Continue reading

PROJECT NIM

By Peggy Nelson Project Nim – 2011 – dir. James Marsh “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Or, do we? In the documentary Project Nim, director James Marsh reexamines the well-publicized attempt by Professor Herbert Terrace, a … Continue reading

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

By Peggy Nelson Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – 2004 – dir. Michel Gondry In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (dir. Michel Gondry, 2004), Jim Carrey plays against his quirky, impulsive type as subdued, quiet Joel, who has … Continue reading

GRIZZLY MAN

By Peggy Nelson Grizzly Man – 2005 – dir. Werner Herzog Grizzly Man (dir. Werner Herzog, 2005) is two documentaries in one: the first is video shot by Timothy Treadwell, the self-described bear-whisperer, of himself in the Alaskan wilderness; and … Continue reading

CITIZEN KANE

By Peggy Nelson Citizen Kane – 1941 – dir. Orson Welles “Rosebud:” possibly the most famous single word in cinema. Orson Welles was only 25 when he made Citizen Kane (1941), consistently nominated as the greatest film ever made.  Said … Continue reading

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

By Peggy Nelson It’s A Wonderful Life – 1946 – dir. Frank Capra Recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made, It’s a Wonderful Life (dir. Frank Capra, 1946) has been variously … Continue reading