Recent Reviews

 

Maps to the Stars

A Hollywood satire so angry and arrogant it’s peculiar. The new David Cronenberg film Maps to the Stars encompasses a Hollywood megalomaniac, a psychologist guru, a washed-up actress, an overpaid child star […]

 
 

Kingsman

Has a few moments that amused me, but there wasn’t a full scene that I fully admired. Kingsman features a league of dapper British spies concocted from a whacked out comic book that only fanboys would be familiar with […]

 
 

Academy Award Predictions 2015 (and aftermath)

A friend asked me for my Oscar predictions this year. The following is what I told him […]

 
 

Selma

About the march to Alabama’s capital Birmingham to crusade for the Voting Rights Act, but it’s really the first film drama to intimately put Martin Luther King up on the screen. Selma is an educational film […]

 
 

American Sniper

You may come out feeling some PTSD after seeing it. American Sniper is powerful like that in a good way, and it’s one of Clint Eastwood’s best ever directed pictures […]

 
 

Whiplash

It does not look like a major art film, but it is. Whiplash is a compact and confident piece, a character-concentrated portrait made with pure artistic fidelity. Classics like […]

 
 

Best Films of the 1980’s

I don’t believe an entire decade can be summed up with ten films. So I’m going with twenty! And after twenty, I wanted to mention another thirty plus fun movies […]

 
 

Best and Worst Films 2014

Does my taste in film get more esoteric each year or what? But at least I didn’t love the most pretentious movie of the year […]

 
 

The Interview

It was never going to be a good movie, but it’s fair to be hypocritical in light of the controversy and say it’s curiously amusing now. The Interview has some moments of inspiration that take it above the limp political comedies of Will Ferrell […]

 
 

Wild

Reese Witherspoon bio-drama where she plays a self-punishing young woman whose penance is to take a 1,000 mile hike through the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trial. Wild doesn’t give Witherspoon much to do at first […]

 
 

Exodus: Gods and Kings

The most intelligently written of Ridley Scott’s old century epics. Exodus: Gods and Kings attempts to undo some eighty years of Hollywood whitewashing […]

 
 

Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), adapted by Martin Scorsese, struggled through most of the 1980’s in order to get it made. It is well-known that Scorsese is a lifelong dedicated Italian Catholic who had considered priesthood […]