THE LEARNING TREE Review – ***½

(Apologies if this review is a little scattered. I meant it to be a journal entry and it ended up reaching the length of a full review.) Not many films have been made in the corner of America I grew up in. But one very talented man, Gordon Parks, was born and raised not half…

THE TRIBE Review – ****

The logline alone commands the attention: a Ukrainian drama, told entirely in sign language, without music or even subtitles. That it deals with the lawlessness lurking beneath the surface of a school for the deaf makes it essentially another troubled-youth film with the by-now expected sex and violence on top of the corrupted-innocence storyline. So…

JURASSIC WORLD Review – ***½

I hadn’t planned on writing a full review of Jurassic World, but having seen it a second time, and having seen it become one of the highest-grossing films of all time (third, in fact, unadjusted for inflation–Furious 7 and Age of Ultron are #5 and #6 respectively), I decided to give it a go. Surely, the biggest hit of the year…

ALOHA Review – *½

I knew from the trailer that Aloha would be a pretty pathetic excuse for a film–any film that highlights one of its worst jokes (the hysterically dated Flava Flav reference) and then drops that joke from the final film doesn’t have its head in the right place, and neither did Cameron Crowe, whose writing and direction are…

SPECTRE Trailer/Thoughts

You know I’m a huge Bond fan, and even though I found Skyfall more problematic than most, I still found it a worthy addition to the series. So a new Bond film from Sam Mendes, with an even stronger cast (Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Dave Bautista), and promising the return of the great SPecial Executive…

INSIDE OUT Review – ****½

As of this writing, Inside Out and Jurassic World have been duking it out for three weekends, and Inside Out finally seems to have topped Jurassic World this past weekend, robbing it of the title of the highest-grossing film never to win a weekend. Not that it matters; Inside Out will be hugely profitable and has earned Pixar its best reviews since Toy Story 3. And…

Movie Journal 7/20/15

Writing full-length reviews for every film you see is no mean feat, and I’m as far behind on reviewing 2015 films as I ever was. (I’d like to get reviews of Inside Out, Aloha, and Jurassic World out soon, but first things first.) Plus, I like to share my thoughts on older films from time to time, but writing…