Disagreeing with Carol Cadwalladr’s Assessment of THE REVENANT

I couldn’t possibly disagree more with Carol Cadwalladr‘s assessment of THE REVENANT in her recent piece in The Guardian titled “The Revenant is Meaningless Pain Porn.” I would agree that our culture displays a whole lot of meaningless violence, yes, even to a pornographic level, but of all the films to accuse of this, THE REVENANTContinue reading “Disagreeing with Carol Cadwalladr’s Assessment of THE REVENANT”

STAR WARS: Another J.J. Abrams’ Jedi-Mind Trick

Contains Spoilers.  I know people were very excited for this newest STAR WARS film. I also know that some people hate to be disappointed and will hold onto anything that feels positive and that perpetuates their most-cherished narrative. I also believe that audiences have become so accustomed to comic-book movies and Hollywood origin-story rehashes that theyContinue reading “STAR WARS: Another J.J. Abrams’ Jedi-Mind Trick”

Fear The Walking Dead Writers

You know things are off to a bad start when you can feel the writers’ fear more than the characters’. I always thought the writing on THE WALKING DEAD was terribly inconsistent. Sometimes downright awful. But I love the zombie genre (saw NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD in a movie theater at age 9 andContinue reading “Fear The Walking Dead Writers”

Observations on Cinema vs. the Capitalist Feeding Frenzy

Filmmaker William Friedkin was recently interviewed for a piece in The Telegraph titled “Superhero movies are ruining cinema, says Exorcist director William Friedkin.” I agree with Friedkin’s sentiment and I would take it one step further and say that it’s not “Superhero movies” that are ruining cinema, but that those films are a product of what has soContinue reading “Observations on Cinema vs. the Capitalist Feeding Frenzy”

Does “SELMA” Shine A Light On More Than Just Its Story?

I liked SELMA. And I thought it suffered a bit from the usual standard biopic pitfalls of not digging more deeply into the complex areas inherent in its story and characters, as well as not trusting actual events to be powerful enough of a story to not have to alter history to create extra dramaContinue reading “Does “SELMA” Shine A Light On More Than Just Its Story?”

Churning Pessimism: Harrison Ford To Star In “BLADE RUNNER” Sequel

I’m not gonna lie. This sounds just awful. In truth, I can’t see any way it could be anything but. Not in today’s filmmaking climate and not with whatever oversized budget this puppy’s gonna have. I suppose it’s a good thing that Ridley Scott isn’t directing again since the original BLADE RUNNER was the last film heContinue reading “Churning Pessimism: Harrison Ford To Star In “BLADE RUNNER” Sequel”

“A MOST VIOLENT YEAR.” When Good Films Are Passed Over

Having just watched J.C. Chandor’s latest film, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, I was yet again reminded of how easily terrific filmmakers and layered storytellers get tossed aside in the face of all the brouhaha that are the Oscars.

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a terrific film with complex characters that don’t offer simple answers to difficult questions. It is also a film I was told by a number of friends to “pass” on. That’s what I was also told about Chandor’s ALL IS LOST. I almost missed both films and I am SO thrilled that I didn’t as both hold places in my favorite films of their respective years. You can read my review and commentary on ALL IS LOST here.

Tackling My Oscar Blues While Celebrating “BIRDMAN”

For anyone who has read my posts here for any length of time, you know that I have some serious issues with the Oscars. It wasn’t always that way and, perhaps, that is part of my struggle. Like many cinephiles out there, the Academy Awards were, as a kid, a big draw for me. IContinue reading “Tackling My Oscar Blues While Celebrating “BIRDMAN””