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Ghostbusters – A Review

15 Jul

A  couple of years ago the director Ivan Reitman made a film called Draft Day. It stars Kevin Costner as the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns. It’s not a good film. It’s not a bad film either. It’s just another sports film starring Kevin Costner. A couple of those have done well in the […]

High Rise/Weiner – Reviews

1 Jun

We all exist in communities. We live in small towns or neighborhoods within large cities or suburban tracts where most know one another’s face if not each person’s name. We work in small shops or big companies, factories, schools, studios, salons, bars, and labs. We have our cliques, our drinking buddies, our food snobs. Game […]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – A Review

21 Dec

What can you say about a movie like Star Wars? How does one review it on an objective level? Haven’t they become their own subgenre of films? Can one even review a film like Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones in the same way one would The Godfather, Part II? Answers: A […]

“Spectre” – A Review

10 Nov

James Bond is necessary. Perhaps a necessary evil, but still necessary. The man is a paid assassin, literally possessing a license to kill. The franchise celebrates a violent, misogynistic, alcoholic, who is nevertheless charming, handsome, brilliant, and ridiculously good at his job. The man is necessary because he’s been saving the world for the past […]

“Spotlight” – A Review

8 Nov

There will come a point in the not-too-distant future when a deep investigation of police brutality will make even cop defenders shake their heads in disbelief. For years now we’ve had police recorded on phones and captured on surveillance cameras beating and killing suspects, mostly minorities. Those who blindly defend police officers say that there […]

“Roar” or The Completely Expected Results of Living With Hundreds of Lions – A Review

27 May

It is customary for me to show the trailer to the film I am reviewing at the end of the post. Here, however, it’s probably best if you watched it before continuing. Yes, this film exists. It is not CGI. It is not faked. I only hope Orson Welles saw it before he died; he […]

The Real Thing

18 May

I want to show you an ad. It aired during one of the recent Super Bowls. It’s called “Parisian Love” because even ads need titles. This is, without a doubt, one of the best advertisements I’ve ever seen. It’s simple, straightforward, tells a compelling story (yes, ads can tell stories), and is resonant with anybody […]

“Birdman” Explained or (Someone Has Too Much Time on His Hands)

22 Feb

First, a disclaimer. If you have not yet seen the film Birdman and still wish to, stop reading, go see Birdman, then come back, read my review of Birdman, then read this. If you haven’t seen Birdman and don’t wish to, how did you end up here? Disclaimer complete, spoilers and theories on the way. […]

“Fifty Shades of Grey” – A Review

18 Feb

There is no God. Let me rephrase: there is no God that would create a thinking person who would willingly submit himself to the film Fifty Shades of Grey just so he could hate review it soon thereafter. That person is obviously a masochist. Like the non-title character of said film, Anastasia Steele (who apparently […]

Jupiter Ascending – A Review

13 Feb

Great movies can be experienced by all regardless of genre. Those who claim to hate science fiction love Star Wars. Anti-romantic comedians adore Annie Hall. Don’t like action flicks? Try Die Hard. Costume dramas? Gosford Park. Oaters? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Great movies turn haters into lovers. But if you love a […]