DOPE Review – ***½

¹Dope is the kind of film that defies easy categorization and criticism. Its tone, its story, and its special mixture of strengths and weaknesses cannot be easily summarized. It’s the kind of film which many will consider better than it is–and for valid reasons. It’s the kind of film you want to like, and there are times when…

LOVE & MERCY Review – ****½

So I’m back home and back reviewing movies, and I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do. There are a number of reviews I’d like to get out in the next two weeks, and originally this was to be part of a triple review with Tomorrowland and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and…

TRAILER SALAD IX – THE MEGAPACK: MACBETH, EVEREST, THE WALK, FELT (NSFW), THE TRIBE (NSFW?), Z FOR ZACHARIAH, MISTRESS AMERICA, ARABIAN NIGHTS, KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET, CRIMSON PEAK, SUFFRAGETTE, PAWN SACRIFICE, IRRATIONAL MAN, EDEN, I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS, 99 HOMES, LILA & EVE, UNEXPECTED, WELCOME TO HAPPINESS, A WALK IN THE WOODS

Oh, hell yes. The reviews for this out of Cannes were pretty damn good. And I can see why. I’m predicting nominations from me for Actor, Actress, Cinematography, Makeup, Original Score, and Sound Mixing, with Picture and Director distinct possibilities. This is also just a damned well-cut trailer. Anyway, I’ve got 19 more trailers for you,…

THE SAND CASTLE Review – ***

My dad used to own a CD-Rom called Cinemania, a movie encyclopedia which was a major, major influence on my blossoming love of film. The foundation of Cinemania was a vast collection of movie reviews, most notably those of Leonard Maltin, Roger Ebert, and Pauline Kael. Among the films I first heard of through Cinemania was a 1960¹ film called The Sand…