Month in Review: May ’19

Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit's that time again! Another month of cinematic magic to look back on, or . . . since it's early in the year, perhaps lament the lack thereof. From yet more pointless biopics (Tolkien, if you take a look at the numbers, apparently only has $4 million worth of fandom, but that paltry figure surely … Continue reading Month in Review: May ’19

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Dunkirk

Release: Friday, July 21, 2017 →IMAX Written by: Christopher Nolan Directed by: Christopher Nolan In memory of my late grandfather, John Little. In his first historical drama, one that gives the acclaimed writer-director an opportunity to fly that British flag high, Christopher Nolan is deeply committed to creating a singular, sensory experience that goes beyond a mere reenactment. … Continue reading Dunkirk

Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Because Oscar Said So (B.O.S.S. for short) is yet another first for this blog. In years past I haven't spent much time going into detail about the major categories recognized at the Oscars ceremony, particularly the official selections as quite often I find myself at odds with the Academy's choices. Longtime readers of the site … Continue reading Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actor Nominees

The Lucky 13 Film Club: The Revenant

 

Dear loyal DSB-ers. . . DSB-ites . . . DSB-ians. . .(what’s the correct syntax here?)

I am delighted to bring you a link to a discussion I was fortunate enough to be part of over at Cindy Bruchman, an absolutely outstanding site discussing many different aspects of film and the culture that surrounds it. If this post is the first time you’ve heard of the site, you really should take a little time to check out what Cindy is doing. It’s fabulous work.

This piece today, part of her Lucky 13 Film Club, discusses aspects of the recent survival drama The Revenant. I’d be elated to hear what you guys have to say about our thoughts on it. Thank you.

Cindy Bruchman

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The Revenant

Release: Friday, January 8, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Alejandro González Iñárritu; Mark L. Smith Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu There are some things in The Revenant that you can't un-see. Like the bloody confrontation between the Arikara tribe and Captain Andrew Henry's men in the very first scene. Or a human body torn apart by monstrous bear claws. These moments transcend shock … Continue reading The Revenant

Legend

Release: Friday, November 20, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Brian Helgeland Directed by: Brian Helgeland Otherwise known as the notoriously boring true story of the Kray twins. Much to the displeasure of anyone who might fairly assume Tom Hardy playing two roles in the same movie means that movie should be twice as fun, Legend delivers not even half … Continue reading Legend

The Drop

Release: Friday, September 12, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Fairly unsurprisingly, The Drop is a compelling modern entry into the gangster/crime genre. Tom Hardy. James Gandolfini. There's something foregone-conclusion-y about pairing those names together and sticking them in a mobster flick. It's likely to be damn good. Of course you'd be forgiven for not being taken with the relatively bland title. But … Continue reading The Drop

Locke

Release: Friday, April 25, 2014 (limited) [Theater] What's harder to reconcile -- the uncertainty and doubt associated with what the future may or may not hold for you, or acknowledging the truth of what's happened in your past? If you don't find yourself moved by this kind of prying, existential question, a question that you can almost feel digging … Continue reading Locke