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 surelyContinue reading “Month in Review: May ’19”

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 siteContinue reading “Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actor Nominees”

The Lucky 13 Film Club: The Revenant

Originally posted on Cindy Bruchman:
Thank you, Tom at Digital Shortbread, for co-hosting this month’s feature of the Lucky 13 Film Club. Tom’s reviews are gracefully constructed and insightful. I highly recommend you check out his site; start with his full review of  Buffalo Skulls TOM’S IMPRESSIONS  I’m of the thinking that the best dramas…

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 shockContinue 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 halfContinue reading “Legend”

Mad Max: Fury Road

Release: Friday, May 15, 2015 [Theater] Written by: George Miller; Brendan McCarthy; Nico Lathouris Directed by: George Miller For a lesser population, what a lovely day it is indeed, a day in which a franchise is reborn. To anyone else not attuned to what was once a legitimate excuse for Mel Gibson going crazy, Mad Max: Fury Road feels like what aContinue reading “Mad Max: Fury Road”

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. ButContinue 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 diggingContinue reading “Locke”