I’m worried. I’m sure you are, too. It’s been a rollercoaster couple of years to be a film fan (along with everything else). 2019 was a stronger-than-average year at the movies, with sprawling, hearty, career-capping epics from major auteurs like Scorsese (The Irishman) and Tarantino (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood), ambitious, adult-oriented big screen […]Read More The Tens: Best Of Film 2021
The stoic cowboy is, perhaps, the most stalwart hero trope we’ve ever had in the movies. Detectives have always been hard-boiled, soldiers are often racked with guilt and trauma, cops frequently cross over to the wrong side of the law, but the cowboy protagonist has rarely been less than noble. Even revisionist Westerns like Unforgiven […]Read More Strong & Silent: ‘The Power Of The Dog’
“The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity […]Read More Twentieth Century Women: Luminous Ladies Of The 1900s
(I knew next to nothing about Midnight Special going in, and if you’re curious at all and haven’t yet seen the trailer, I recommend you follow suit. I’ll give a general overview and then a fair warning when I discuss things it may be best not to know about until you see it, though the […]Read More No, Seriously, Take Shelter: Jeff Nichols Cooks Up A ‘Midnight Special’
Remember Mean Girls? Of course you do. You’ve been quoting it since 2004. On Wednesdays, you say: “On Wednesdays we wear pink.” On October 3, you ask what day it is. If someone tries to make fetch happen, you snap: “Stop trying to make fetch happen! It’s not going to happen.” You will never eat […]Read More Mean Women: Is ‘Bachelorette’ A Sequel To ‘Mean Girls’?
As a film school graduate, I’m afraid I have an obligation to take entertainment way too seriously. That’s why, when awards season rolls around, I can’t help but partake in the senseless, arbitrary, and totally nerdy critic’s pastime of ranking all the films I saw and compiling a Top Ten List. And since 2011’s award […]Read More The Tens: Best Of Film 2010
And you thought it was all about the Oscars, didn’t you? Nope. The Academy Awards are basically the last group to have their say about which films are the year’s most esteemed, and their picks don’t necessarily (or even often) reflect the feelings of the critical community, which is why you’ll see a lot more […]Read More Gold Rush: National Society Of Film Critics Winners 2012
(Films discussed in this post: Melancholia, Another Earth.) Believe it or not, Melancholia is the second 2011 drama about a young, hot woman preoccupied with a fictional planet. And no. Neither of them is Pluto.Read More ‘Melancholia’ Is Depressing. Surprise!