Sunday, November 11 2012
Sam Mendes’ virtuoso control behind the camera mesmerizes and hypnotizes, his depiction of Depression-era America a stasis of tragedy, each death inevitable but slow to ferment.
Thursday, November 8 2012
The Long Take can at once be subtle enough to be missed by the audience and astounding enough to entrance that same audience... depending on who is paying attention.
Tuesday, October 30 2012
Is Ray Bradbury's classic a horror film? Well, not exactly. Is it a family film? Nah, it has too many genuine scares for the kiddies. Is it perfect for Halloween? Well, Mr. Dark is delightfully wicked...
Monday, October 29 2012
There was a time when Alfred Hitchcock was considered a mere populist entertainer. Like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and others before him, his early work didn’t click with intellectual minds -- they found nothing to praise in his lurid stories of murder, mystery and shocks.
Sunday, October 28 2012
Teenage outcasts often feel like the world is against them; in 1994, three adolescents in West Memphis, Arkansas, experienced proof that it actually was. Now, despite being freed after 18 years of wrongful imprisonment, the battle of the West Memphis Three is not concluded.
Thursday, October 25 2012
Choosing the right movie can spell the difference between an evening of fun thrills and a night of seriously bad dreams.
Thursday, October 18 2012
La Promesse and Rosetta treat seriously the ambitions and spirits of society’s most overlooked individuals, lest they be left by the wayside.
Tuesday, October 16 2012
I was expecting Frederick Wiseman's cinema verite masterpiece for this column. Imagine my surprise when I was served up John Stalberg Jr.'s sophomoric High School, instead.
Thursday, October 4 2012
While the James Bond film franchise remains one of the most acclaimed, successful, recognizable and marketable movie series in history, there was a time when the mighty Mister Bond had some stiff competition at the box office: himself.
Tuesday, September 18 2012
It Chooses You provides a sketch of the deluxe hipster, one who hardly knows what to make of the poor, the underprivileged, the recently incarcerated, and others who are just plain weird, as opposed to quirky.
Tuesday, September 11 2012
Everyone bemoans the remake, the bastardization of their memories, of something they hold dear. But times are constantly shifting, and our heroes cannot exist in a static universe. Without proper reinterpretation, would our pop icons still be relevant?
Thursday, September 6 2012
John Huston understands the crushing success of failure. In the rarely seen films Sinful Davey and Fat City, he observes the self-destructive behaviors and interactions of stunned and blasted losers as closely as Jane Austen would.
Wednesday, September 5 2012
Tony Stark in Miami? An explosion on the set of Burn Notice? Actors dancing in the street? Filmiami’s Sandy Lighterman knows how to make it happen.
Tuesday, September 4 2012
Almost synonymous with the name Pink Floyd, The Wall went from an idea to an operatic concept album to a multimedia concert experience to a full length movie to a post-Floyd concert special at the Berlin Wall itself and back to the stage as Roger Waters brought his concert tour The Wall Live to the world.
Monday, August 27 2012
As Brazil's Sam Lowry learns, the truth shall make you free -- but you may not like it.
Thursday, August 23 2012
After some bland remakes of this classic fairytale, it's nice to see the poison put back into Snow White's apple.
Wednesday, August 15 2012
How do mild mannered actors turn into Supermen? Celebrity personal trainer Craig Budgen knows their secret.
Tuesday, August 14 2012
The toilet, and its spirit ally, potty humor, has come to be associated with a kind of strength—both at the box office and in terms of a cultural defiance.
Wednesday, August 8 2012
I Can Hardly Wait stretches the Three Stooges' "chaotic neutral" alignment into an uncomfortable fever dream of pointless violence with an undertone of sadistic cruelty. A failed Stoogesperiment in literary naturalism? or just a bad day?
Wednesday, August 1 2012
More than just a rock performance piece, American Pop is an engrossing drama with a pathos that burns through the animation cells in certain scenes even to this day.