‘Dolemite is My Name’

To be successful, a film not only needs to challenge intellect; it must challenge conventional wisdom, the thought that film must be a certain shape. In the 1970’s film convention was none-too-subtly challenged with the emergence of Blacksploitation films, starting with 1971's “Shaft,” “Coffy,” and “Cleopatra Jones” were marketed toward urban African-American audiences, but reached [...]

By |2019-10-25T11:14:59-07:00October 25th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘The Current War – Director’s Cut’

The road to releasing a major motion picture is a tough one. Regardless of whether it is shown in a theater or online, whether it is an action-spectacle or a hard-hitting drama, no film that I can remember from recent history has had more of an uphill climb to reach an audience than Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s [...]

By |2019-10-25T10:19:04-07:00October 25th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Jojo Rabbit”

Few writers/directors would attempt, much less pull off what Taika Waititi has in his latest film, "Jojo Rabbit."   Taken out of context the summary sounds quite preposterous.  How many comedic coming of age stories features a blossoming Nazi with Hitler as his imaginary friend?  And yet, this film is one of the most delightful and [...]

By |2019-10-30T15:28:50-07:00October 25th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Joachim Rønning returns to the Disney fold with "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil," featuring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film is not memorable. I stared at a blank, white page on my computer for a great, long while as I started to think about how to open my review of “Maleficent: Mistress of [...]

By |2019-10-18T22:01:50-07:00October 18th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

Movie Review: “Lucy in the Sky”

When I heard the song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” as a kid, I always thought the Beatles were saying “Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds.” As the laughter of that admission subsides, and with my profound apologies to Mr. Lennon and Mr. McCartney, it occurs to me that my hearing problem applies quite aptly [...]

By |2019-10-12T01:19:07-07:00October 12th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Gemini Man”

There’s a pivotal point in my cinematic history where a film, “Enemy of the State” so engaged me and disengaged me that I love to hate it. There’s a 1970’s level of paranoia in that film which intrigued me along with the use of technology to move the story forward. And then there’s Will Smith, [...]

By |2019-10-12T01:40:15-07:00October 12th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|3 Comments

Movie Review: “Joker”

"Joker" is the improbable convergence of a character study, comic book, and exploitation film.  Depending on which of those genres you choose to judge it, the movie either soars or stumbles.  The one constant is Joaquin Phoenix's enthralling performance. The movie takes place in Gotham City during the year 1981.  Gotham City is suffering an [...]

By |2019-10-04T13:15:30-07:00October 4th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

“The Death of Dick Long”

Sometimes, the title of a film says everything about the story. A title like “The Death of Dick Long” says, to me at least, that we’re in for a rambunctious time of debauchery as dark secrets are exposed. In the case of “The Death of Dick Long,” director Daniel Scheinert is the story of a [...]

By |2019-09-27T16:08:33-07:00September 27th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Abominable”

In the past year I have seen three different movies that have all tried to capture the magic of the original How to Train Your Dragon film. The first was Bumblebee, which made my top ten list last year. The second was How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (my review of it can be read here), which, while [...]

By |2019-09-26T06:48:51-07:00September 26th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Ad Astra”

If the Latin title isn't a big enough clue, "Ad Astra" lands squarely in the cerebral and philosophical sub-genre of science fiction films.  While the trailer does hint at a little action and mystery, they are simply window dressing to a film that somberly addresses depression, abandonment, and other existential questions. The film opens with [...]

By |2019-09-19T20:33:15-07:00September 19th, 2019|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments