A decade at the movies is serious business. When the 2010s began, Avatar had just opened in theaters. It went on to top the all-time box office and spawned the short-lived resurgence of 3D, a fad that has mostly died out (again). Netflix, then known for its DVD rental services, was just beginning to expand […]Read More Best Of The Decade: 2010s
It was a very good year. (At the movies, anyway.)Read More The Tens: Best Of Film 2017
Fifty years is a long time. Unfortunately, it has not been long enough to distance America from the depicted in Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit. There’s Motown music in the background and the cars look old, but otherwise, you’d be hard-pressed to find a single moment of the movie that doesn’t crackle with contemporary relevance. Bigelow’s direction […]Read More Black & Blue: Justice Takes A Holiday In Bigelow’s Brutal ‘Detroit’
(Originally published at JustinPlusSeven on January 10, 2013.) You, dear reader, have the honor of reading this in the future, after the Oscar nominations have been announced. But I am writing from this from the near past, before we know which five contenders are fighting it out in each category. Of course, some are shoo-ins; […]Read More Not-Oscars 2012: The Year’s Best Performances
It’s Oscar time! As usual, the Academy Awards are poised to make some very wrong decisions this year. So as usual, I am prematurely correcting them by releasing my Top Ten of the year. That year is 2012, of course — real film critics release such lists at the end of December or beginning of […]Read More The Tens: Best Of Film 2012
In what world is Argo a better movie than Zero Dark Thirty? This isn’t a response to Ben Affleck’s Golden Globes win for Best Director and Argo’s triumph as Best Drama. The Globes are the Globes, and they can only be taken so seriously. Avatar, The Descendants, Babel, and plenty of other films have proven […]Read More In What World Is ‘Argo’ A Better Movie Than ‘Zero Dark Thirty’?
Kathryn Bigelow has been directing for a few decades now, but it took a long time for us to really notice her. That happened with The Hurt Locker, 2009’s Oscar-winner for Best Picture and, historically, for Best Director. There are multiple angles with which to approach her win — one, that she deserved it. And […]Read More This Is ‘Thirty’: A Bittersweet End To The Darkest Tale Of Our Times
Continuing my retrospective Top 10 lists… Okay, so this was the year the Oscars got on my nerves for announcing ten Best Picture nominees. (And judging by what was included in those ten, I think we can all agree that I was right to be irked… which is some vindication, at least.)Read More The Tens: Best Of Film 2009