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Flashback: on 1976’s Assault on Precinct 13

It’s incredible. In fact, it’s astonishing upon looking back, that a full half of John Carpenter’s intitial six feature films are bona-fide masterpieces. The other two being 1978’s “Halloween” and 1982’s “The Thing”. But “Assault on Precinct 13” was the first one that really showed Carpenter’s stuff, after debuting with his low-budget, extended “student” film, […]

Much Ado About Nothing

It can’t be avoided, I’m going to have to compare. I mean, I admire the heck out of Joss Whedon for getting this project done AND released to theaters—that alone must have been somewhat of a task. However, I guess the stock that comes with directing one of the highest-grossing films(a little superhero movie from […]

Ralph Fiennes & co. in “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

With the heat of the 2013 film season really starting to percolate, I have to confess that I recently got excited in anticipation of the arrival of 2014. Yes, David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Star” will be released next year, but that’s not the one that currently has me all jazzed up. The March 2014 […]


They had me until the prom. There is so darn much that goes right in the brand new “Carrie” film from Kimberly Peirce(1999’s “Boys Don’t Cry”)that it’s a resounding disappointment when she finally manages to misstep. And I believe the gymnasium celebration/mutilation(and the subsequent walk home to bat-shit crazy Momma)is where it goes awry. It’s […]

Spring Breakers

Well, count me among the group that feels that Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” finally just runs out of steam. I like it enough and all, but it has garnered an extraordinary amount of effusive praise since opening earlier this year. Am I missing something? I mean, it certainly appears to me that Manohla Dargis from […]

“Carrie”-on, Miss White!

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the original “Carrie” novel by Stephen King, and I’ve just experienced the Kimberly Peirce movie remake(a mere three hours ago). Actually, strike that word “remake”—it’s a revision. What did I think of it? Well, you are going to have to wait just a little bit for that information. […]

Fetch Clay, Make Man off-Broadway

In 1965, Muhammad Ali was boxing’s Heavyweight Champion, and also a scary, threatening figure to a substantial portion of “white” America. Soon after winning the title the previous year, he announced to the world that he was abandoning his “slave” name of Cassius Clay, and that he was a member of the Nation of Islam(sometimes […]