James Cameron is one of our foremost purveyors of special effects-driven blockbusters, movies that blend action and another genre — usually science fiction, but sometimes romance or comedy — to appeal to the masculine id for explosions and gunplay. If one element links all of his films together, it’s destruction.
Read More Back In Blue: ‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’
This is it. This is my final retroactive Top 10 list, because it is my first.
Read More Top Ten Films: 2001
Whether you’re a fan of former president George W. Bush or not, you have to admit his term contained some profound low points, kicking off with 9/11 and ending in a nasty recession. You may or may not blame Bush himself for these and other pieces of unfortunate Americana in the 21st century, but let’s […]
Read More ‘Jobs’ & ‘Homes’: Politics, Technology & Economy In America’s Recent Past
(A “Then & Now” perspective.) Like my 2005 list, this Top Ten comes at you twenty strong, because that’s how I wrote it back in the day on my LiveJournal. And like last time, I’ll be adding my commentary about how the movies have held up 11 years later, because tastes change. Some of these […]
Read More Top Ten Films: 2004
Continuing my retroactive Top 10 lists, this one takes us back to 2006, originally published in my “Confessions of a Dangerous Film Student” column in INsite Boston.
Read More Top Ten Films: 2006
Happy New Year! This little blog of mine has existed for a little over three years now, and you know what? The more I blog, the more I realize what ignorant freaks the human race can be, thanks to the magic of Google. Google has helped a handful of people find my blog for perfectly […]
Read More Hard In The City’s “Best Of Google” Volume 3
Before I started my own entertainment-related blog, my Top Tens had to whore themselves out on my friends’ pages. This one was originally posted on Justin Plus One. As usual with my Top Tens, I have preserved them as they were, even if, in hindsight, I may disagree with some of my own choices. (Did […]
Read More Top Ten Films: 2008
James Cameron’s new film Titanic is quite a spectacle! It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as star-crossed lovers named Jack and Rose. He’s a poor guy, she’s a rich girl, but they buck class conventions clearly delineated by the ship (and the world at large) and decide to hook it up in an old-timey […]
Read More Ballad Of Jack & Rose: Are We Ready To Go Back To ‘Titanic’?
The Screen Actors Guild has chimed into awards season, with at least one fairly surprising surprise. (Here were the nominees.)
Read More Gold Rush: Screen Actors Guild Award Winners 2012
Ah, bad kids. Where would the movies be without them? From ghostly dead youngsters in The Ring and The Shining to the bloodthirsty (but still breathing) tykes of The Bad Seed and The Good Son, there’s a long-standing storytelling tradition in Hollywood to use sinister children as the Ultimate Evildoers — the juxtaposition between innocent […]
Read More Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing: ‘Poetry’ & ‘Carnage’
It’s the Golden Globes! And because I currently have nothing better to do, I am watching and blogging about them. (Nominees here, FYI.) I’ll be doing some sort of live-blogging/recap as we go on, so… enjoy!
Read More Hard In The City vs. The Golden Globes: Live Blog & Winners 2012