Ranking the Bond Films: Special Birthday Post!

For my birthday, I thought I’d just put up something for fun. I’ve got a bunch of reviews in the pipeline: Whiplash, Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas, Beyond the Lights, and hopefully Force Majeure, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I, Rosewater, St. Vincent…and after that, we’ll just see. But I’m taking today off and thought I’d do something…

THE SKELETON TWINS Review – ***

The Skeleton Twins is the kind of film which suffers because I cannot totally judge it in a vacuum. On its own, it would still be a flawed film, but in the greater context of modern cinema, it stands as yet another indie comedy-drama about dysfunctional middle-class characters, played by hitherto largely comedic actors, who go…

BIG HERO 6 Review – ***½

When Frozen came out last year, I was mostly charmed by it (a hamfisted villain-turn in the third act aside), but as the raves continued, as “Let It Go”, which wasn’t even my favorite song in the film, became tiresomely ubiquitous, as it became hailed as a masterpiece when, all things considered, I felt it was a…

BIRDMAN, or THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE Review – ****

To what degree can a few seconds impact an entire film? In his review of Thelma and Louise, Roger Ebert argues that the climactic shot ends a few seconds too soon, and as such robs the film as a whole of just enough power that it doesn’t get **** from him. And in the case of Birdman, there are a…

European Film Awards Nominations

The European Film Awards recently announced their nominations. You can argue their relative prestige, but analyzing lists of nominees is so much fun that I don’t really care. European Film: Force Majeure Ida Leviathan Nymphomaniac – Director’s Cut Winter Sleep

INTERSTELLAR Review – ****

The rise of television in the 1950s put pressure on the studios to make films which offered an experience beyond what television could provide. Cinerama, CinemaScope, stereophonic sound–all were developed to make films bigger, broader, deeper–to make films events. Films aren’t so often billed as true events anymore. (Props to Universal for touting David Lynch’s Dune as such.) But…

POSTER SALAD II: LOVE (NSFW…?), SEPARATION ANXIETY, CHAPPIE, BLACK SEA, COMET, JANE WANTS A BOYFRIEND, DOUGH, THE EDITOR, ’71

If I’ve ruined your day already, well…blame it on the arthouse. Anyway, I’m stoked as hell that Gaspar Noe has a new film coming. Irreversible is a horrifying, wrenching film–one of the most uncompromising portraits of assault I’ve ever seen. And Enter the Void is an out-and-out masterpiece. (I still haven’t seen I Stand Alone.) New Noe films don’t…