SUICIDE SQUAD Movie Review

SUICIDE SQUADLet’s do this a little differently. Let’s be unedited, loose and kinda bitchy just like SUICIDE SQUAD. I want to cover two critical points right up front before I get all analytical and serious about the movie. People, it’s a comic book. OK? This is NOT an Alejandro Iñárritu or Ingmar Bergman film. There is no life changing spiritual or moral lesson hidden beneath Margot Robbie’s sparkly shorts. Well, there may be but I assure you it’s of a different ilk. You wont go home Continue reading

THE INFILTRATOR Movie Review

The cosmos is having a moment with Brian Cranston, and in saying that in no way do I mean to suggest that it is undeserved. With eight projects currently filming or in post-production we cannot get enough of him after living with Walter White/Heisenberg. Cranston’s deeply etched yet approachable face, alluring but not traditionally handsome, has the ability Continue reading

THE TRUST Movie Review

The Trust pic copyI admit to being a Nicolas Cage fan. In fact, I try to see every movie he makes no matter how insipid the plot or blatant a sell-out it may be, in part it is because I believe that Nic Cage can actually act well given the right circumstances, but beyond that it is like an inside joke kind of thing, just…with myself. While it may be hard for film-goers to Continue reading

SET FIRE TO THE STARS Movie Review

elijah-wood-and-celyn-jones-set-fire-to-the-stars-in-dylan-thomas-biopic-body-image-1415196852“How much trouble can one poet be?”

Poet Dylan Thomas lived a brief and not terribly prolific life. His dexterity with words however made him one of the 20th century’s most beloved writers. He struggled financially and against a host of demons including his fiery yet addictive wife, and demonic self-loathing he tried to bury at the bottom of a bottle. When we examine the lives of artists – or any historical figure of note – we are all too often faced with the difficult paradox Continue reading

TALE OF TALES Movie Review

tale-of-tales-ogre copyTALE OF TALES is an Italian production of three “fairy tales” originally written in a collection by 16th Century Italian poet and author Giambattista Basile. His original work, Lo cunto de li cunti overo lo trattenemiento de peccerille, told 49 tales woven together within a 50th of his own, was published posthumously by his sister in two volumes in Continue reading

THE JUNGLE BOOK Movie Review

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As a parent whose children have grown to the point of growing out of ‘children’s movies,’ I find it fascinating what a visceral response I have to a request to watch one. It is not as though I unduly suffered cinematically when my kids were young – there were kid’s movies I flat out refused to attend citing poor cinematography or lackluster screenwriting credits, and, contrarily, kid’s movies Continue reading

THE INVITATION Movie Review

invitation copyTHE INVITATION is a film which will certainly get you talking. About what, exactly, may not be what the filmmakers intended. It is a film most definitely about Los
Angeles and what most of us, especially those who do not live there, believe about its population. Perhaps even most of its citizens would agree that it is Continue reading

EYE IN THE SKY Movie Review

eye-in-the-sky-2016-helen-mirren“Never tell a soldier that he does not know the cost of war.”

War movies are their own genre and have devoted fans in every generation. Perhaps combat films help us empathize and support our soldiers, make the war more ‘real,’ or show us the horror in the hope that we can put an end to that level of conflict. I doubt that but I am an eternal optimist. Make no mistake, EYE IN THE SKY is a war movie filled with Continue reading

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES Movie Review

Between film, television, and web series, there have been nine iterations of Jane Austen’s most famous work; Pride and Prejudice. Upon seeing PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES amid a lecture hall filled with college students, who are the perfect target audience for this film, I feared Continue reading

My 2016 Oscar Nominations

I figure that, given the majority of the voting Academy is mature white men, that I should get to pick my own nominations. Sure, I could trust the Academy to do the ‘right’ thing, and maybe they will, but I just want to make sure that my feelings are clear. So…here are my personal picks for the top 5 categories.

BEST PICTURE
SPOTLIGHT
THE HATEFUL EIGHT
THE BIG SHORT
ANOMALISA
THE REVENANT

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
MARK RUFFALO for Infinitely Polar Bear
TOBEY MAGUIRE for Pawn Sacrifice
STEVE CARELL for The Big Short
JOHNNY DEPP for Black Mass
LEONARDO DICAPRIO for The Revenant

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH for The H8ful Eight
CHARLIZE THERON for Mad Max: Fury Road
BRIE LARSON for Room
ALICIA VIKANDER for The Danish Girl
EMILY BLUNT for Sicario

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
MARK RUFFALO for Spotlight
CHRISTIAN BALE for The Big Short
TOM HARDY for The Revenant
WALTON GOGGINS for The H8ful Eight
STANLEY TUCCI for Spotlight
*I want to give an honorary spot to RJ CYLER for Me, Earl & The Dying Girl, a young actor destined for greatness.

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH for Anomalisa
OLIVIA COOKE for Me, Earl & The Dying Girl
ISABELLA ROSSELLINI for Joy
JULIE WALTERS fro Brooklyn
KATE WINSLET for Steve Jobs

BEST DIRECTOR
QUENTIN TARANTINO for The H8ful Eight
TOM MCCARTHY for Spotlight
ADAM MCKAY for The Big Short
RIDLEY SCOTT for The Martian
ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU for The Revenant

 

My 2016 Oscar Nominations