When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Shallow

It feels like only yesterday the world fell in love with Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, the third and most recent remake of the classic ill-fated romance between two lovers in showbiz whose career trajectories are trending in opposite directions. Maybe it doesn’t feel like the two years it has actually been considering how thirstyContinue reading “When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Shallow”

July Blindspot: Swingers (1996)

Release: Friday, October 18, 1996 →YouTube Written by: Jon Favreau Directed by: Doug Liman It is all too easy to assume certain things about a movie titled Swingers. Oh, how does that expression go? The project that launched the careers of both its leads as well as the director is, yes, very much a “dude-flick” preoccupied with the pursuitContinue reading “July Blindspot: Swingers (1996)”

Arrival

Release: Friday, November 11, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Eric Heisserer Directed by: Denis Villeneuve I’m just going to say it: Arrival is magnificent. It’s also: 1) another grand gesture from the visionary Québécois Denis Villeneuve that’s both sophisticated and stylish; 2) a film that really “makes you think;” 3) the antidote to the last several days in which the world hasContinue reading “Arrival”

The BFG

Release: Friday, July 1, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Melissa Mathison Directed by: Steven Spielberg Great Gallywampers and fiddly tweezlesticks, I is very pleased indeed that Steven Spielberg has delivered the goodles in his very first venture into Roald Dahl‘s brilliant imagurnation. The BFG is breathtaker beautiful, and not just thanks to its scrumptioutious imagery, neither. It recalls the warminess andContinue reading “The BFG”

Decades Blogathon – Stand By Me (1986)

  My apologies for a late posting today, folks. But better late than never, right? Joining in the discussion today we have Courtney from On the Screen Reviews. That site is a great one to go to if you’re looking for a variety of film reviews and yearly Top Tens. Check it out if youContinue reading “Decades Blogathon – Stand By Me (1986)”

Tangerine

Release: Friday, July 10, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Sean Baker; Chris Bergoch Directed by: Sean Baker How I felt when I first tucked into indie dramedy Tangerine — yes, that film, the one shot entirely on the iPhone 5s — and how I felt when the last scene faded to black couldn’t have been more radically differentContinue reading “Tangerine”

On Dream Theater and the upcoming concept album

It’s no secret that yours truly is a diehard Dream Theater fan. (I suppose it’s somewhat of a secret seeing as I’ve only mentioned the New York-based band once on this site in the last four years.) I have attended three concerts — one in Atlanta in 2005, one in Cleveland, OH in 2007 and one inContinue reading “On Dream Theater and the upcoming concept album”