Archive | September 2016

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The Nice Guys

They had me at the “Airport ’77” and “Jaws 2” billboards. Okay, they actually had me before that. But throughout Shane Black’s “The Nice Guys”, I was consistently enchanted by the film’s superior sense of period and style. And when our main characters were driving through a nighttime Hollywood landscape, dotted with those two giant […]

Blair Witch

They nailed it. And anyone who simply dismisses it, I have to label as either lazy, not paying attention–or both. Director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett paid attention…boy, did they ever! Their update/reboot of, perhaps, the most influential horror film of the last two decades, is fresh, sharp, and very, very scary. Against all […]

Burton bounce?

It’s the 18th feature for Tim Burton, and I’ve always been a big fan. Not so much lately though, with what I consider sub-par work like “Big Eyes”, “Dark Shadows”, and “Alice in Wonderland”. Is Burton all done, or can he bounce back? I’m starting to believe that he peaked in 2007, with his marvelous […]

The Fits

I experienced a fascinating and unique little (72 minutes!) film the other day called “The Fits”. I’d love it if some of you would watch it and comment on your interpretation, but I realize that most won’t see it. That being said, I’m also reticent to recommend it to the mainstream crowd (they don’t always […]

Hell or High Water

Welcome back, Mr. Bridges. I feel like you’ve been gone so long. 2009 FINALLY delivered you that long overdue acting Oscar (for “Crazy Heart”), and then you followed that up with your smashing, Oscar-nominated Rooster Cogburn in 2010’s Coen Brothers remake of “True Grit” (I would’ve switched the winning years, btw…but, whatever). Where have you […]

“The Magnificent Seven” ride?

  So, what do you think? Is it going to fly, or not? Oh, I’m not talking about the critics…the better ones will probably rip it to shreds (some already have). But will audiences check it out? To some degree…I bet yes. I mean, look at that cast! Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent […]

Sunset Song

There is really a lot of gorgeous, lyrical, period flavor here–so I certainly want this review to read as a recommendation. If not for an abrupt tonal shift for the last act, I may have considered this amongst the year’s very best. It’s still a rapturous work, from the masterful Terence Davies, who wowed me […]