Idealism, Responsibility & Compunction: The Art of Constructing Our Political Narratives

I understand the thought process behind a piece like Clay Shirky’s “There’s No Such Thing As A Protest Vote”. I’d like to offer a different perspective. I chose to focus on Shirky’s piece because I believe it accurately reflects a particular perspective that is out there and the article itself is currently being shared extensivelyContinue reading “Idealism, Responsibility & Compunction: The Art of Constructing Our Political Narratives”

Facebook Impressions: July 19, 2016

Like many people, Facebook has pulled me away from my daily blog as a source of expression. I still post here, but so much of what I think and feel about what is happening in the world gets lost in the fleeting panorama that is Facebook. So I thought I would start posting some of my shorterContinue reading “Facebook Impressions: July 19, 2016”

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”

Fare Thee Well Night Two: Desire & Admission

You can read my post on the first night here.  It’s an odd experience feeling disappointment around something so very special and important in my life. Some have shared my experience and interpretation, others have their own and it varies wildly. No experience is wrong. I’ve been accused by some in the past few daysContinue reading “Fare Thee Well Night Two: Desire & Admission”

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.

Oscar Voting Part 2: Another Academy Voter Shares Their Honest Reasons For Voting

Here’s another Academy Voter’s honest reasons for voting as he does. His tastes are certainly better than the woman referenced in my previous post, but there is still an innate lack of daring in this viewer, a complete lack of layered storytelling sensibility on display here. VOTER PROFILE: A longtime member of the Academy’s 387-memberContinue reading “Oscar Voting Part 2: Another Academy Voter Shares Their Honest Reasons For Voting”