Wrote the following breviaries for the paper. Their purpose is to lend a Criterion chic to KINOTEK, our alternative movie venue at UCSB. Here’s our website.
United States - 1999 - 139 minutes - English
SYNOPSIS The first couple of rules of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club. Fortunately, Kinotek is all about breaking the rules. Fight Club,directed by David Fincher, is a gritty cult classic based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk. In sequential flashbacks, a disoriented corporate employee (Edward Norton) befriends a nihilistic soap salesman (Bradd Pitt) and creates an underground network of “fight clubs.” The result is a disturbing post-modern epic that gives the finger to an age of mass consumerism.
United States - 1994 - 154 minutes - English
SYNOPSIS Pulp Fiction is a 1994 nonlinear crime drama that established both Quentin Tarantino’s reputation and iconic film-making trademarks. Featuring clever performances by John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Uma Thurman, and Amanda Plummer, three stories intersect in bizarre and ironic twists through highly-stylized vignettes. This multilayered homage to Jean-Luc Godard, film noir, and B-List Teen Movies of the 90s remains one of the most engaging and compelling films of the 20th century.
United States - 1984 - 105 minutes - English
SYNOPSIS In Ivan Reitman’s quirky slapstick, an oddball team of parapsychologists combat the supernatural with tongue-in-cheek science and deadpan snark. A cataclysm of special effects and comedy, The Ghostbusters remains just as scary, sly, and satirical as its 1984 debut. Billy Murray is at the peak of his wit, working brilliantly alongside comic geniuses Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykryod, and Sigourney Weaver.