Recent Reviews

 

Nightcrawler

As perfect a film within the art of psychological horror. Nightcrawler is a dark character study of a man who is morally wrong in every scene of the film, is deceptively harmless, and to us we are aware he is a teeming sociopath [...]

 
 

Foxcatcher

Brilliant, moody character study. Foxcatcher is gutsy by being slow-moving and quiet for much of the time, and being confident that the material, psychology and scenery is fascinating enough to hold us [...]

 
 

Dumb and Dumber To

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are as devoted to idiocy as they were the first time around, but either the story is wrong this time or the directing is limp. Dumb and Dumber To is by the Farrelly Brothers [...]

 
 

Gone Girl

Terrific melodrama that stays just within possible human extremes. Gone Girl reminds me of the best murder mysteries I’ve seen on Dateline NBC [...]

 
 

Interstellar

Larger than life allegories, and often extraordinary visuals. Director Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight,” “Inception”) seems like he was trying to make his greatest film with Interstellar [...]

 
 

Birdman

One of the most annoying well-made films I’ve ever seen. Birdman is psychobabble mumbo jumbo and a relentless jolt of egomania, one that forces you to listen to theatrical stage prima donnas pontificate [...]

 
 

My Favorite Scary Movies

List of horror films I could watch any Halloween. No, you will not find “Friday the 13th” or “Nightmare on Elm Street” on this list. I’m too much of an art film guy [...]

 
 

Fury

Earned my respect not immediately, but fairly soon enough. Fury is a World War II snapshot with four superb protracted sequences in it, with Brad Pitt as the sergeant and commander of a tank. The gloomy grey [...]

 
 

Cloud Atlas (2012)

I have never been so wrong about a film in my entire life. Viewing Cloud Atlas again I can see why I had some early initial problems that stemmed doubts. There are six stories that range from 1849 to 2346, and God help me [...]

 
 

Ten Netflix Films in September 2014

Titles I happened to check out on Netflix in the month of September 2014 listed from best to worst [...]

 
 

The Equalizer

The most badass of Denzel Washington roles. The Equalizer presents Denzel as Robert McCall, a modest employee at a hardware store. He befriends an abused prostitute named Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz) through a series of [...]

 
 

The Maze Runner

Intriguing Young Adult fare for about forty minutes, but as soon as I saw the maze I was monumentally disappointed. The Maze Runner throws in a few dozen teenagers into an enclosed village with only an entrance into a deathtrap maze [...]