pleasantville

CANON OF FILM: ‘Pleasantville’

As the nation heads towards another election shortly, the national debate has become strikingly philosophical. Phrases like "Family Values" and "The Role of Government" always come up, never has the divide, in my memory, been s...
by David Baruffi
 

 
 
back to the future

CANON OF FILM: ‘Back to the Future’

What is it about 'Back to the Future', really? I mean, I'm with everybody on it, it's one of my all-time favorites, like everybody, and this seems to be the one iconic '80s movie that even Hollywood sees absolutely no point in ...
by David Baruffi
 

 
 
jurassic park

CANON OF FILM: ‘Jurassic Park’

I don't think I'd even rank 'Jurassic Park' among Spielberg's Top 20 features. Admittedly, that's as much a tribute to Spielberg's body of work than anything else, but this is basically just a well-made horror movie.
by David Baruffi
 

 

 
days of heaven

CANON OF FILM: ‘Days of Heaven’

Like the nature that foregrounds his work, and the character that are in conflict with it, Days of Heaven, and all of Malick’s film are constantly growing and evolving.
by David Baruffi
 

 
 
pulp fiction

CANON OF FILM: ‘Pulp Fiction’

'Pulp Fiction,' is possibly the most influential movie made in my lifetime. It’s certainly the most important film made in the ‘90s. You might be able to argue better movies, but none are as influential and important at 'P...
by David Baruffi
 

 
 
almost famous

CANON OF FILM: ‘Almost Famous’

I remember saying of 'Almost Famous,' a few years ago that Cameron Crowe, who based the film on his own experience as a Rolling Stone journalist touring with bands like 'Led Zeppelin', and 'The Allman Brothers Band', that he wa...
by David Baruffi
 

 

 
Casabalanca

CANON OF FILM: ‘Casablanca’

I have spent literal weeks of my life where I did nothing but watch 'Casablanca'. I’ve probably seen it more than any other film, and there’s almost nothing I don’t know about it, and yet, it never fails to enthrall me.
by David Baruffi
 

 
 
once

CANON OF FILM: ‘Once’

In honor of the recent release of 'The Greatest Showman', we take a look back at one of the more under-seen musicals of the last decade, John Carney's 'Once'
by David Baruffi
 

 
 
requiem for a dream

CANON OF FILM: ‘Requiem For a Dream’

'Requiem for a Dream' should be the first Aronofsky film people watch. It’s the most kinetic upon first viewing (although a second viewing reveals it less so), and it certainly comes off as his most experimental and possibly ...
by David Baruffi
 

 

 
a christmas story

CANON OF FILM: ‘A Christmas Story’

In this edition of CANON OF FILM, we take a look at Bob Clark‘s holiday classic, ‘A Christmas Story‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here. ‘A CHRISTMAS STORY’ (1983) ...
by David Baruffi
 

 
 
toy story

CANON OF FILM: ‘Toy Story’

It’s been over 20 years since 'Toy Story' was first released. In that time, the landscape of film animation has changed so dramatically that you can separate the time difference
by David Baruffi
 

 
 
25th hour

CANON OF FILM: ’25th Hour’

When Spike Lee’s '25th Hour,' came out in 2002, it was ignored by most every award show, and made only a handful of top 10 lists.
by David Baruffi
 

 

 
Crimes and Misdemeanors

CANON OF FILM: ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’

In this week’s edition of CANON OF FILM, we take a look at one of Woody Allen‘s most popular films, ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here. CRIMES ...
by David Baruffi
 

 
 
Murder On the Orient Express

CANON OF FILM: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (1974)

This is one of the few endings to these things that’s still exciting to watch on multiple viewings and if I tell you why, I’d be giving something away, so just trust me on this, and, and I'm positive that when Kenneth Brana...
by David Baruffi
 

 
 
the night of the hunter

CANON OF FILM: ‘The Night of the Hunter’

Although he acted in over 50 films during his illustrious acting career, Charles Laughton only got to direct one film in his lifetime, but he made it count, and it stands as strange unique essential film that’s part 'Hucklebe...
by David Baruffi
 

 

 
Rebel Without a Cause

CANON OF FILM: ‘Rebel Without A Cause’

When I was 12-years old, I don’t know exactly what it was that possessed me to do so, but I sat down one night and watched 'Rebel Without a Cause.
by David Baruffi
 

 
 
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

CANON OF FILM: ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’

In this edition of CANON OF FILM, we take a look at Steven Spielberg‘s sci-fi classic, ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind‘ for it’s recent 40th anniversary. For the story behind the genesis of the Can...
by David Baruffi
 

 
 

CANON OF FILM: ‘Broadcast News’

In this edition of CANON OF FILM, we will be taking a look at James L. Brooks‘ ‘Broadcast News‘. For the story behind the genesis of the series, you can click here. BROADCAST NEWS (1987) Director/Screenplay: ...
by David Baruffi
 

 

 
'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,'

CANON OF FILM: ‘Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans’

This week, we will be taking a look at Werner Herzog’s ‘Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans’. For the story behind the genesis of CANON OF FILM, you can click here. BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEAN...
by David Baruffi
 

 
 

CANON OF FILM: ‘Paris, Texas’

This week, we will be looking at Wim Wenders‘ classic, ‘Paris, Texas‘ in honor of Harry Dean Stanton, who recently passed. For the genesis of CANON OF FILM, you can click here. PARIS, TEXAS (1984) Director: Wi...
by David Baruffi
 

 
 
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CANON OF FILM: ‘Playtime’

In the second edition of CANON OF FILM, we take a look a Jacques Tati‘s ‘Playtime’. For the genesis of CANON OF FILM, you can click here. “PLAYTIME” (1967) Director: Jacques Tati Screenplay: Jacque...
by David Baruffi
 

 

 
Citizen Kane

CANON OF FILM: ‘Citizen Kane’

In the first edition of CANON OF FILM, we take a look at ‘Citizen Kane‘ in honor of it’s 76th birthday earlier this week. You can find the backstory on the inception of CANON OF FILM here. CITIZEN KANE (1941) ...
by David Baruffi
 

 
 

CANON OF FILM: The Backstory

This being my first post on Age of the Nerd, I feel a slight need to introduce myself before I introduce this hopefully continuous and long-running feature here. I’m David Baruffi, and years ago, I created something called 'C...
by David Baruffi