BLADE RUNNER 2049 Review – ****

Coming out of Blade Runner 2049 a second time, I felt assured in saying what I had initially hesitated to claim: that this is a great film, a true epic, a sequel which can hold its own against a formidable forebear, and which stands on its own as a most impressive piece of entertainment, and one of…

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…

UNBROKEN Review – ***

To see the mixed-to-negative critical response to Unbroken is to be reminded that expectations are brutal, and in less than two weeks, we’ll see if we’re reminded that the lure of Oscar-bait transcends even bad reviews. On the surface, Unbroken would seem to be a sure bet, telling the story of an authentic American legend who was an…

Oscar Wrap-Up

Well, let’s look and see what went down, shall we? Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave Absolutely spot-on. The best of the nominees, basically the best film of the year, an important milestone in Academy history…there was some speculation that Gravity might take this at the last minute, and reports of Academy members who found…

Some last-minute Oscar thoughts:

Best Picture: American Hustle: Not a bad movie–a pretty good one, to be honest–but it’s “edgy” and “wacky” only by the most white-bread metrics. This winning might be worse than Argo winning, and that was a ridiculous choice. Captain Phillips: A fine thriller. Would’ve actually been a decent contender had they given Greengrass the nomination. But I’m…

Longlists to Nominees: Cinematography

It’s time to look at some pretty pictures. All is Lost Computer Chess 47 Ronin The Great Beauty Her Inside Llewyn Davis Prisoners The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Spring Breakers To the Wonder A Touch of Sin 12 Years a Slave Upstream Color