Titus Techera is the executive director of the American Cinema Foundation.
Posts by Titus Techera
May 26, 2023
This Memorial Day, there is one movie in theaters that addresses directly the experiences of veterans. While American families are entertained by the Super Mario Bros
. movie, now a billion-dollar proposition worldwide, people who prefer more true-to-life action can see the movie I recommend, Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant
, which has barely made any money, even though it’s an exciting, gripping experience, and it’s got a star, Jake Gyllenhaal. Continue Reading...
April 26, 2023
Harrison Ford has suddenly returned to acting at the age of 80, after a decade of mostly forgettable cameos. He’s now making movies and even TV series that are bound to get quite a bit of critical attention and renewed popularity. Continue Reading...
April 06, 2023
The most popular entertainment for boys not yet overtaken by the miserable ideology of our times is the tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons
, a source of friendship and adventure. It became a part of pop culture with Stranger Things
recently but turned out to be of little importance to that show. Continue Reading...
March 30, 2023
Guillermo del Toro’s career is evidence that the Oscars still favor the romance of the left. He has just won the Best Animated Feature award for his Pinocchio
, which he set in Fascist Italy. Continue Reading...
March 22, 2023
Hollywood has largely run out of artists and doesn’t seem able or perhaps even interested in producing movies that can hold a candle to the great achievements of its 100-year history. Continue Reading...
March 01, 2023
One of this year’s Oscar darlings, Tár
, also turns out to be the only major movie since #metoo
to mount an attack on cancel culture. This is paradoxical, of course, as we see from the three nominations—Best Picture, Best Direction, and Best Original Screenplay—received by the artist behind the movie, Todd Field. Continue Reading...
February 07, 2023
The surprise hit of 2022 was Top Gun: Maverick
, a man and machine heroic picture, sentimental and nostalgic, the sort of thing Hollywood just doesn’t do anymore. At first glance it seemed way too old-fashioned, yet it made more than $700 million in America and just a bit more than that in the rest of the world, without even opening in China. Continue Reading...
January 31, 2023
The biggest box office success in cinema history, strictly in dollars taken in, is Avatar
, the 2009 movie that made 3D a technology audiences would finally flock to. The movie made some $785 million in America, more than another $2 billion in the rest of the world, adding up to about $2.9 billion. Continue Reading...
December 29, 2022
Last New Year’s Eve, I wrote about Billy Wilder’s The Apartment
. It’s the best movie on the ambivalence with which we welcome the end of one year and the coming of a new one, worrying whether it promises that our dreams will come true, whether we will live up to our resolutions to be better. Continue Reading...
December 22, 2022
Michael Curtiz, famed director of Casablanca
, made a Christmas movie in 1955, starring Humphrey Bogart, called We’re No Angels
, about the power of innocence and moral decency to transform even hardened criminals—of whom Bogart is one, the other two played by the famous British actor-director Peter Ustinov and the American son of Italian immigrants Aldo Ray. Continue Reading...