THE HORSEMEN Review – ***

(NOTE: This is a reposting of an article I published on Tumblr, a year ago Thursday.) What I knew about THE HORSEMEN, before I knew anything else about it, was that it was about buzkashi, the Central Asian sport wherein the headless body of a calf must be borne by a man on a horseback…

ENEMY Review – ****

I don’t know if this is a brilliant thriller, or just a brilliant tease. But brilliant it is, and so merciless in its manipulation of the audience that, were it a person, you might want to slap it–which might just be the response director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriter Javier Gullón wanted. What is exceedingly clear is…

NOAH Review – ***

Noah, to put it simply, is a frustrating film. It’s a film that shows flashes of real audacity and grace, but those flashes are surrounded by a dark, gritty tale of destruction and renewal which never feels fresh and doesn’t pack enough of a punch. For its technical skill and its high points, I give…

MUPPETS MOST WANTED Review – ***½

Muppets Most Wanted begins with a song about the fact that the Muppets are making a sequel to their comeback film–a song that sheepishly admits the sequel is “never quite as good”. And this isn’t quite as good as The Muppets; that film felt like a labor of love, like an event. This doesn’t. But that doesn’t…

Idea for my next Film Awards (Feedback Requested)

Expand the categories thus: – 20 Best Picture nominees – 10 nominees for directing, writing, and acting categories – 5-10 nominees for music and tech categories (a full 10 is prefereable, but if 10 worthy candidates cannot be found, a full slate is not mandated)

The NBR Project: The Top 10 Lists, 1989-2003

1989: Driving Miss Daisy Henry V Sex, Lies, and Videotape The Fabulous Baker Boys My Left Foot Dead Poets Society Crimes and Misdemeanors Born on the Fourth of July Glory Field of Dreams Oh, this is disappointing. I thought they cited Do the Right Thing. But that was not the case. And I hate Field…

The NBR Project: The Top 10 Lists, 1974-1988

1974: The Conversation Murder on the Orient Express Chinatown The Last Detail Harry and Tonto A Woman Under the Influence Thieves Like Us Lenny Daisy Miller The Three Musketeers I can’t imagine why they left The Godfather Part II off. Did they not want to put two Coppola films on one list? They’ve allowed it…

The NBR Project: The Top 10 Lists, 1959-1973

1959: The Nun’s Story Ben-Hur Anatomy of a Murder The Diary of Anne Frank Middle of the Night The Man Who Understood Women Some Like It Hot Suddenly, Last Summer On the Beach North by Northwest 8 of these films make perfect sense. And then you’ve got Middle of the Night, a largely forgotten Paddy…

The NBR Project: The Top 10 Lists, 1944-1958

And now for the second leg of the journey. 1944: None But the Lonely Heart Going My Way The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek Hail the Conquering Hero The Song of Bernadette Wilson Meet Me in St. Louis Thirty Seconds over Tokyo Thunder Rock Lifeboat No Double Indemnity? Two Preston Sturges is nice, but (though I haven’t…