Archive | July 2015

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“Chappie” is passable entertainment…but that’s all. And I’ve been expecting so much more from director Neil Blomkamp, but he’s failing to deliver. In the summer of 2009, he unleashed his sci-fi hit, “District 9”, and Neil seemed to be headed for great things. It placed #2 on my annual Top Ten list for that year, […]

“Minions” = Millions

I was only mildly entertained by 2010’s “Despicable Me”, however I actually found 2013’s “Despicable Me 2” to be a little bit stronger. But undeniably, the breakout “stars” of both films were the little yellow-skinned, blue-overalled, jibber jabbers–the Minions. And so, what else was Universal Studios to do, but give the diminutive guys their own, […]

While We’re Young

I like Noah Baumbach’s style, and if you haven’t taken a bite out of his resume–you should. He’s been Oscar-nominated (his screenplay for 2005’s “The Squid and the Whale”), and he possesses a keen ear for how New Yorkers talk and think, plus a remarkable instinct for casting characters. I eagerly await next month’s “Mistress […]

Beyond the Lights

IF I was reviewing half a movie, “Beyond the Lights” would probably garner an ‘A’. For a good hour of its run time, it is so authentic, so piercing, so alive, that I couldn’t quite fathom how it didn’t receive more attention, and also how it only managed to grab one Oscar nomination for Best Original Song […]

“Creed”…where Sly becomes Mick.

Today is Sylvester Stallone’s 69th birthday. Happy Birthday, Sly! And another “Rocky” movie is coming out? Yeah–kinda, sorta. You see, if you haven’t been following along, Stallone has filmed and completed six films focused on his Rocky Balboa character since 1976 ( I was in a theater seat for that very first one…when I was 11 […]