Tag Archives: One Punk Goes to the Movies

The Interconnected Worlds of “Pather Panchali” and “Roma” by James Rosario

Decades apart and thousands of miles away from each other, two directors made rich, complex films that prove we are all connected by recurring themes despite language barriers, time, or borders.

One Punk Goes to the Movies: Jean Seberg and COINTELPRO by James Rosario


The FBI’s Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO) was known for targeting activist groups like the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. One of its most notorious operations, though, was carried out on an American actress named Jean Seberg, which eventually lead to her suicide in 1979.

How “12 Angry Men” Got It Right, and Society Still Gets It Wrong

12 Angry Men - James Rosario

12 Angry Men may be a small, simple piece of filmmaking, but the challenges it issues are anything but. Societal prejudices, the nature of civic duty, and proper jurisprudence are the defendants. Sixty years on, we’re still facing the same issues.

John Cassavetes–Outsider Extraordinaire: One Punk Goes to the Movies By James Rosario

John Cassavetes–Outsider Extraordinaire

John Cassavetes is credited with kickstarting the American independent film movement. His work inspired countless filmmakers for decades and generations. Directors like Martin Scorsese, Kenneth Anger, Peter Bogdanovich, and John Sayles (to name just a few) saw his films and decided that if Cassavetes could get it done, so could they. His knack for drawing out real and raw human emotions from his actors is unmatched. He managed to sidestep the help and interference of major studios to do it all on his own terms, with the help and unwavering support of his wife, the great Gena Rowlands.

One Punk Goes to the Movies: Planes, Trains & Automobiles By James Rosario

One Punk Goes to the Movies – Planes, Trains & Automobiles By James Rosario

John Hughes may be most famous for teen comedy/dramas like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, but his best, and most punk work is the road trip disaster film Planes, Trains & Automobiles. It achieves something almost unheard of in comedy—complexity that is revealed over time, and with age. There’s something for everyone—ten-year-old kids, forty-year-old punks, and everyone in between.