film distilled

FILM DISTILLED: Gattaca

I count myself as one of the few people to contribute to Gattaca’s 12.5 million dollar domestic gross. No one saw Gattaca in theaters, partly because the trailer was so awful, doing everything it could to hide the fact that it was a classy, thought-provoking piece of science fiction that isn’t all that interested in thrills. Just don’t tell that to the Trailer Voice Guy or the James Horner-Aliens-like score at the end of the trailer! 

Anyway, this is one of my favorite films of the 90s and throughout the years it’s been great seeing the growing reputation and cult status it has accumulated. I’ve worked in offices where people were catching on to the film. Certainly, as science approaches cinema’s fiction, geneticists, neuroscientists, sociologists and the like are mentioning the film in conversation, adding to both its legacy and viewership. 

We can’t pay homage to Gattaca and not mention Michael Nyman’s phenomenally beautiful score. 

*Film Distilled is a weekly series of freeze frames from some classic films (as well as some television) with editorial flourishes by Dre Rivas.

FILM DISTILLED: Yojimbo

Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo is one of my favorite movies. It’s spawned a number of remakes, not the least Eastwood’s Man With No Name series. As much as I love those Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns, give me Yojimbo and Sanjuro over that trilogy any day. There are few actors who can match the badassery of Toshiro Mifune, especially in this iconic role - the original Man With No Name. 

*Film Distilled is a weekly series of freeze frames from some classic films (as well as some television) with editorial flourishes by Dre Rivas.

FILM DISTILLED: Big Trouble in Little China

Happy Memorial Day everyone. To all the troops and all the families who sacrifice.

*Film Distilled is a weekly series of freeze frames from some classic films with editorial flourishes by Dre Rivas.

FILM DISTILLED: Good Will Hunting


There’s an insane number of really good to great scenes in this movie. It’s a little shocking that Damon and Affleck haven’t teamed up on a script since, though they might be teaming up for that Whitey Bulger biopic (with Affleck directing Damon as the titular Bulger).

The first confrontation between Damon and Williams is just one of many great scenes between them. Williams get’s pretty scary here and you see glimpses of the hell his deceased wife “saved” him from as well. The best part of this scene is when Damon books out of the room, though. As he’s getting past, Williams does this gentle shoulder move as if he knows he’s lost it and is afraid of even brushing shoulders with the kid. Phenomenal flick.

*Film Distilled is a weekly series of freeze frames from some classic films (as well as some television) with editorial flourishes by Dre Rivas.

FILM DISTILLED: Aliens

The second entry in our Alien ‘Film Distilled" series focuses on Newt, the young survivor in James Cameron’s epic sequel.

Check out Alien, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection and Prometheus.

Read Dre RivasPrometheus review.

Read J. Goodman’s Prometheus article.

*Film Distilled is a weekly series of freeze frames from some classic films with editorial flourishes by Dre Rivas.

FILM DISTILLED: The Green Mile

We were very sad to hear about Michael Clarke Duncan’s passing this week. If he knocked one role out of the park, it was John Coffey in Frank Darabont’s faithful, emotional adaptation of Stephen King's The Green Mile

*Film Distilled is a weekly series of freeze frames from some classic films (as well as some television) with editorial flourishes by Dre Rivas.

FILM DISTILLED: Breaking Bad (Cast)

Season 5’s premiere is just a couple hours away. One last Film Distilled before the big premiere. I had a blast fooling around with these, but all good things come to an end.

See Badger’s Film Distilled treatment here

See Jesse Pinkman’s Film Distilled treatment here

See Mike Ehrmantraut’s Film Distilled treatment here

See Hank Schrader’s Film Distilled treatment here

See Gustavo Fring’s Film Distilled treatment here

See Walter White’s Film Distilled treatment here.

Read our predictions for Season 5 here.

*Film Distilled is a weekly series of freeze frames from some classic films (and television) with editorial flourishes by Dre Rivas.

FILM DISTILLED:  Breaking Bad (Hank)

Of all the characters on Breaking Bad, Hank Schrader grew on me the most. In the first season, he was just the wise-cracking, slightly dickish, but well-intentioned brother-in-law. By the time Season 3 rolled around, Hank was not only an important piece to the puzzle, he was one of the most interesting characters in the series. In other words, who doesn’t love or root for Hank? It will be very interesting to see where Hank’s pursuit of Heisenberg will take him - and us.

See the full cast Film Distilled treatment here

See Badger’s Film Distilled treatment here

See Jesse Pinkman’s Film Distilled treatment here

See Mike Ehrmantraut’s Film Distilled treatment here

See Gustavo Fring’s Film Distilled treatment here

See Walter White’s Film Distilled treatment here

Read our predictions for Season 5 here

*Film Distilled is a weekly series of freeze frames from some classic films (and television) with editorial flourishes by Dre Rivas.