Hands of Stone

Release: Friday, August 26, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jonathan Jakubowicz Directed by: Jonathan Jakubowicz Confession time: coming into this I had no idea who Roberto Durán was -- ya know, other than the fact he would be the center of attention in Jonathan Jakubowicz's boxing drama. Do I feel silly now. Long story short, the Panamanian has been … Continue reading Hands of Stone

Decades Blogathon – Taxi Driver (1976)

 

Mark closes out the 2016 Decades Blogathon with a fantastically written piece on Martin Scorsese’s seminal 1976 crime drama Taxi Driver. Be sure you don’t miss it by visiting the link below! Thank you.

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Decades Blogathon Banner 20161976So this is the end; the final day of the Decades Blogathon – 6 edition. Thank you once again to everyone who made this such a great blogathon. My biggest thanks goes to my partner in crime on this enterprise – Tom from Digital Shortbread. We had a blast with this in 2015 and this year’s event has been just as much fun. The blogathon focuses on movies that were released in the sixth year of the decade and it’s my turn to focus on Martin Scorsese’s seminal 1976 classic Taxi Driver.

Looking to the Academy Awards as a critical barometer for the best films of a given year is, for the most part, as redundant an exercise as swimming through treacle.

The list of Oscar clunkers is long and ignominious and among the most glaring is the dearth of statuettes awarded to Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. A…

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Joy

Release: Christmas Day 2015 [Theater] Written by: David O. Russell; Annie Mumolo Directed by: David O. Russell Does a movie have an obligation to become the very thing its title advertises? Should we feel duped if that title says one thing and then the story goes off and does something else? No, Joy is not a movie about … Continue reading Joy

Decades Blogathon – Casino (1995)

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As hard as it may be to believe we are entering the home stretch of the Decades Blogathon, hosted by myself and the indubitable Tom from Digital Shortbread! The blogathon focuses on movies that were released in the fifth year of the decade. Tom and I are running different entries each day; and this one comes from Fernando at Committed To Celluloid. Fernando’s site is one of my favourites out there in the blogosphere, so do yourself a favour and take a visit!

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It seems so strange that Casino came out only 20 years ago. Martin Scorsese’s 1995 offering seems much older, and yes, I mean it as a compliment.

Arguably one of ole Marty’s best (or my favorite, anyway), Casino, not just because it’s set in that era, truly feels, looks and carries itself like a film of the seventies.

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Riveting, stylish and peppered with bursts…

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The Guest

Release: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (limited) [Redbox] Written by:  Simon Barrett  Directed by: Adam Wingard British actor Dan Stevens elevates Adam Wingard's thought-provoking and emotional mystery thriller to bloody awesome levels. Though The Guest isn't exactly a title free from spoiler potential, you'd be hard-pressed to make accurate guesses as to what ultimately becomes of a family … Continue reading The Guest

Last Vegas

Release: Friday, November 1, 2013 [Theater] In Vegas, high-priced hookers are a dime a dozen; senior citizens crashing parties, hooking up with girls half their age and going on a bender -- eh, not so much. Those types are a little harder to find. Fortunately, four such individuals may be found parading around the infamous Strip … Continue reading Last Vegas