At long last, Janelle Monae seems to finally be getting the attention that she deserves. Hot off an SNL performance, the singer brought her sci-fi thematic show back to her hometown of Kansas City.
Casting decisions can often influence our expectations of a film. Sometimes this is because of our personal feelings towards certain actors and other times it is because of an actor’s resume. Regardless of which, it is important to keep these feelings in check as they may not always influence you correctly. Homefront is a fair […]
Great films will put together a world so vivid in detail you wish to run away in live in them with the people filling its space, while bad films will throw moving images on a screen that may or may not hold your attention for moments at a time. Unfortunately, “The Counselor” falls much closer to the latter than I think anyone would have hoped.
It can sometimes be hard to not focus on all of the remakes, reboots, sequels and adaptations being produced today, especially when quite a few are worth the time and money necessary to see them. This trend hasn’t been limited to any one genre or particular medium of source material ranging from action franchises and […]
How far removed must we be from a major event or from the actions of an important figure before they have earned or deserve a movie depicting them? This is obviously something to be answered separately for each occasion but we must be far enough removed to see the impact of this event or the […]
It should be said first that “Gravity” is one of the most visually and technically impressive films I have ever seen. Throughout “Gravity,” Cuaron utilizes the camera in ways that would not work if this were taking place anywhere other than outer space, moving around characters and their environment in a manner that would be intensely distracting or disorienting if done in a restaurant or someone’s apartment.
Ron Howard’s “Rush” is a thrill ride, but not in the way you’d typically expect from racing films. When it comes to movies about races, the surface has only been scratched when it comes to a true story about the personal lives of the professional racers and just how risky the sport is for all involved, but “Rush” excels at showing just how big both the personal and professional stakes are when it comes to racing.
Ten minutes into “Don Jon” and I was ready to walk out. I was disgusted — is this barrage of sexual images and vulgar jokes really what I had signed up for from the usually sweet and charming Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Fortunately, I stuck it out and because I did, I was treated to one of the most refreshing takes on relationships, and ironically, the importance of realistic expectations. “Don Jon” is like the Guido-version of “Pride & Prejudice.”
Enough Said is a movie that marks a few things. Another chance to see the always lovable Julia Louis-Dreyfus, one of the last times we’ll see James Gandolfini on the big screen, and a surprisingly charming romantic comedy are among them. Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, a former editor for Woody Allen, Enough Said is her fifth […]
2013 has been a great year for independent filmmakers, bring such titles as “Fruitvale Station,” “Mud,” “Upstream Color,” “Frances Ha” and “The Spectacular Now” just to name a few. This may be a shift in the way movies are made, showing more confidence in up-and-coming filmmakers, or it may mean nothing at all. Perhaps the independent releases this year are just more noteworthy than usual and if so, I hope this trend continues. David Lowery has added one more to the mix with his feature length debut “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.”
Teen romances, senior year struggles and coming of age stories are nothing new. But while most of these sorts of films fall into soap opera territory, “The Spectacular Now” tells the coming of age story in a way that hasn’t been accomplished quite as effectively. This film really is spectacular for its simplicity, genuine storytelling […]