‘Gangster Squad’ Review: A Classic Gangster Film With Modern Flair

Gangster Squad is Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer’s first full drama film and only his third feature, but it’s his best yet and ends up being one of the best gangster movies since L.A. Confidential, it’s thematic cousin. The film will go down with a lingering footnote in relation to the … Continue reading

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ HFR 3D Review: A Beautiful Start to an Adventure

The Hobbit has been on the minds of fans ever since we heard The Lord of the Rings would be made into films first. It’s actually a very ambitious story to translate to film when you consider the book’s intended demographic of children; whereas The Lord of the Rings was … Continue reading

‘Deadfall’ Review: A Mediocre Thriller At Best

Deadfall is a mixed bag. Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, the story begins with Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) having just robbed a casino when they get into a car accident while trying to get to the Canadian border in a blizzard. A police officer discovers the wreck and … Continue reading

Mass Murdering Vampire Children: ‘Breaking Dawn: Part II’

Note: This article contains spoilers.  I have a love-hate relationship with The Twilight Saga. Aside from having horrible dialogue and egregiously melodramatic story lines, sometimes it’s just offensive if you’re remotely liberal, because Meyer’s conservative, Mormon ideology is potent. So why do I feel compelled to watch every Twilight movie? … Continue reading

There Will Be Legislation: ‘Lincoln’ Reviewed

Let me tell you something about the scene in Lincoln immediately after the 13th Amendment is passed. Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones), a typical TLJ hardass who happens to be ultra-liberal and uncompromising, takes the official amendment document off of the House floor. He goes home and his black housekeeper, … Continue reading

Five Candles for Five Decades: Celebrating James Bond’s 50th with Five Faves

On October 5th 1962, the cinematic incarnation of British secret agent James Bond hit the screens with Dr. No. The film, budgeted at $1.2 million dollars, went on to become a tremendous success with a box office haul totaling nearly $60 million. As portrayed initially by screen legend Sean Connery, James … Continue reading

Are We Pirates and Pilots: ‘Flight’ Reviewed

A huge pet peeve of mine is when people romanticize bygone years. They’ll say, “Things were simpler way back when. People were more moral. By gosh, a cup of coffee was one dollar!” My counter is that things were simpler way back whenever because you knew less. You’re talking about … Continue reading

Everyone’s Gone to the Movies: ‘Seven Psychopaths’, ‘Argo’, and ‘Sinister’

This past weekend was cinematically unique insofar as three original films—in genres ranging from dark comedy, historical thriller, and horror—hit the multiplex with the same preoccupation with the cinema. Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, the follow-up to his phenomenal debut In Bruges, focuses on the creative obstacles that screenwriter Marty Faranan (Colin Farrell) faces … Continue reading

Governments and Unions Are Really Sensitive to Yelling: ‘Won’t Back Down’ Reviewed

Ricky Gervais’ sitcom Extras has a famous gag starring Kate Winslet as a version of herself starring in a Holocaust movie because it’s a surefire way to win an Oscar (irony of all ironies, Winslet won an Oscar for her performance in The Reader a few years later). One wishes … Continue reading

‘A Man, Hopelessly Inquisitive’ – ‘The Master’ Reviewed

The Master is one of the most challenging movies of recent memory. This is not to say that it’s confusing or otherwise hard to follow; the real difficulty is drawing meaning from a film that greatly challenges typical narrative structure. Cynics might ask, “What’s the point?” But it’s very important … Continue reading