What a night! Leave it to a telecast celebrating the films of 2016 to have a shocking surprise in store at the end. Last year, the modest Spotlight bested the bombastic The Revenant in the Best Picture race, even after Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won Best Director. This wasn’t a total shocker, because The Revenant was […]Read More We Won Best Picture.
Los Angeles is a city paradoxically known for two things: its sun and its stars. Most of La La Land‘s musical moments revolve around one or the other. For months now, the follow-up from the writer/director of Whiplash has been positioned as the front-runner for Best Picture, with plenty of precedent — 2002’s Chicago was […]Read More Ehh ‘La La’: Damien Chazelle’s Sun-Soaked Ode To A City of Stars
Birdman is one the year’s most critically beloved films. It features brilliant performances, breathtaking filmmaking, an off-the-beaten-path score, and unfolds in one long unbroken take (but not really). And how about the story? Well, on a narrative level, it’s pretty much the same movie as Black Swan, which is why I admire the film but […]Read More 10 Reasons ‘Black Swan’ And ‘Birdman’ Are Actually The Same Movie
What has Michael Keaton been up to lately? I don’t know the answer to that. I know he’s appeared in a handful of movies I haven’t seen (and have no desire to see) such as RoboCop and Need For Speed. He voiced the hilarious Ken doll in Toy Story 3, a fairly recent blockbuster. I […]Read More Hero To Zero: Keaton Returns In ‘Birdman’
Blame Batman, the first superhero movie I ever saw — and perhaps not coincidentally, my favorite. (Paired with its sublime sequel Batman Returns.) Or blame Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, which raised the bar for comic book adaptations — proving they could be artful and commercial at the same time, as well as Oscar contenders. […]Read More The Amusing ‘Spider-Man’: Webb Spins Spidey, But Nothing Sticks
(Films discussed in this post: Young Adult, Bad Teacher, Tabloid, The Roommate, The Help, Bridesmaids.) It’d be nice to think that we’re in a day and age where women headlining a film doesn’t matter. But it does. Unless the film is geared specifically toward a female audience, you won’t often see a Thelma & Louise-type […]Read More The Chicks: A Cinematic Bad Girls’ Club For 2011
(Movies discussed in this post: Like Crazy, Weekend, Crazy Stupid Love, Friends With Benefits, No Strings Attached.) When it comes to movie romances, there are basically two kinds — real and unreal. Happy and sad. Bullshit and not-bullshit. Or, to put it in Julia Roberts terminology — some movies are Runaway Bride, and some movies […]Read More Modern Love: ‘Like Crazy’ And ‘Weekend’ Get It Right