PAN Review – *½

Oh, I’ve been waiting for a film like this. I’m going to rip this apart like a stray dog going at a T-bone. I’m going to pan Pan, bury Barrie, and right Wright’s wrongs. In fact, I did so just after seeing it, in a series of texts to my friend Maggie. I originally just wanted…

Update/Mindscrew

Apologies for not posting more in recent days. Last weekend I was out of town without WiFi, and this week has been exceptionally busy. Ideally, the days to come will be a bit less stressful. Here’s what I’d like to have up for Monday:

MISSISSIPPI GRIND Review – ****

For the first time in a while, I sit down to write a review without knowing what rating I’ll give the film in question. Mississippi Grind, in evoking the low-key, ambiguous character pieces of the 70s, could end up at any one of several places along my critical spectrum. Of course, it could be argued I…

THE WALK Review – ****

Of the two 3D spectacles which have recently bowed in theaters–both initially given exclusive runs in 3D theaters–I may be alone in saying Everest is the superior film; The Walk has the benefit of better reviews, though it has oddly proven less lucrative at the box-office. Given the great success of the documentary Man on Wire seven years ago, some have…

SICARIO Review – ***½

After impressing me greatly with the haunting Prisoners and the marvelously maddening Enemy, I was eager to see what Denis Villeneuve would do next. Then, this opened at Cannes, to solid but not outstanding reviews, and the trailers failed to truly excite me. So my level of anticipation dropped accordingly. Then subsequent reviews proved more favorable, so much…

Most Anticipated Films of 2015 – October 1 Onwards

Looking forward to the rest of the year (and the six weeks or so of the new year during which I’ll focus on catching up), I see a few very promising contenders, a few more films with solid potential, and a number of films which could be excellent but could just as easily be forgettable….