Thursday, April 16 2015
The real charm of Sullivan’s Travels is the way it exposes Hollywood’s mediation of the Depression and the trauma it inflicted.
Monday, April 13 2015
A recent biopic about the last executioner in Thailand explores the extremes between killing and redemption.
Tuesday, March 24 2015
Disturbing, funny, alluring and repulsive in a uniquely American way that no one likes to admit, The Voices should trouble you.
Monday, March 23 2015
Rope of Sand, Dark City, and Union Station each extend the shadowy reach of film noir.
Monday, March 16 2015
As the red-breasted bird folds its wings from flight, it too portends things are less than all right... on Prom Night.
Thursday, March 12 2015
Two unique jazz phenoms of the Reagan '80s -- tapping guitarist Stanley Jordan and falsetto scatting legend Bobby "Don't Worry, Be Happy" McFerrin -- are back.
Monday, March 9 2015
Hurry Sundown, Skidoo, and Such Good Friends welcome you to a world of crowded frames and uncertain tones.
Friday, March 6 2015
Sometimes the most successful and acclaimed films are marked and marred by the absolutely worst sequels imaginable.
Friday, February 27 2015
The '30s era Hays Code limited significantly what artists could express and what audiences could see. Today's LGBT media has blasted through all that.
Friday, February 20 2015
Network and cable programming both demonstrate overwhelming irresponsibility and contradiction concerning depictions of sexual violence and abuse.
Wednesday, February 18 2015
Chris Rock transcends generations of fans with a signature combination of intelligence and contemporary comedy.
Tuesday, February 17 2015
So long as the Academy clings to a myopic definition of what an "original" score is, too many deserving composers will be left out come Oscar night.
Thursday, February 12 2015
For every apparent innovation, one-man movies are as conventional as they come.
Tuesday, February 3 2015
In the kulturkampf between India’s intelligentsia decrying the ‘cultural terrorism’ of extremists, a film like PK has me wondering, how long can secular liberals retain the moral high ground?
Thursday, January 29 2015
The more closely I followed the Ebola coverage, the more the simulacra of contagion in fiction, film, and games seemed inextricably woven into the mainstream media.
Wednesday, January 28 2015
Tom Cruise is the most consistent movie star Hollywood has, and when he stops making films, his absence will signify the end of an era.
Monday, January 26 2015
Feeling lucky, punk? The road from obscurity to legend wasn't easy for Clint Eastwood's iconic character Dirty Harry. Think you know the back story? Read on!
Tuesday, January 20 2015
A haunted estate proves too much for a curious writer in Eduardo de Gregorio's rare and little-seen surrealist mystery, Sérail.
Thursday, January 15 2015
From cult leader Jim Jones to scientist Richard Dawkins, once in a rare while, Hollywood gets a religious idea, or an idea about religion, right.
Wednesday, January 7 2015
Boyhood returns to the view that originated with Italian Neorealism: documenting everyday life is the biggest spectacle one could capture on film.