As the counter cultural movement of the nineteen sixties threatened to topple dominant institutions of power, art served to both encourage and reflect the greater scope of the conflict. While the struggle against the establishment turned out to be ultimately too broad for extensive change, the creative expressions from this period still stand out from […]Read more "They Blew It: Cultural Appropriation in “Sweet Sweetback” and “Easy Rider”"
These strange collections of trailers, soundtrack ads, and other promotions have provided me for an amusing and enlightening trip down memory lane that memorializes the forgotten, well worn tapestry that makes up these tapes as much as it reminds me of the bygone eras that my favorite movies were birthed from.Read more "Coming Soon to Videocassette: The Curious, Nostalgic Pleasures of VHS Intros"
I’m sure you noticed I skipped Casino (the supposed subject of this review) while running down these works. Sitting quite square in the middle of this series, Casino feels like the wild, overly indulgent live album that is mostly content to play the hits as feverishly as possible. And don’t think for a second I mean this as a pejorative.Read more "Can’t You Hear Me Knocking: Casino and the Rock and Roll Cinema of Martin Scorsese"
One such film is Swordfish, the techno action-thriller that has aged as gracefully as a Surge on one of those endless summer days. I decided to revisit the forgotten Dominic Sena joint in the interest of seeing what it had to teach me today in 2017.Read more "Gone in 60 Mbps: Notes on Swordfish, A Breathtaking Disasterpiece"
In the second episode of our podcast, we discussed the Academy Awards, this year’s horse race, what we would like to see changed, and more. Hope you enjoy!Read more "Below the Line Episode 2"
In the first episode of my buddy Phillip Bryant and I’s podcast, we discussed John Wick Chapters 1 and 2 and how they fit into the modern action movie pantheon. Next, we discussed why we don’t see more theatrically released superhero movies in the wake of Lego Batman. Finally, we listed our Top 3 movies […]Read more "Below the Line Episode 1"
2016 was, shall we say, an eventful year. Between the number of shocking celebrity deaths, ongoing crises at home and abroad, and a political season that divided our nation even further apart, more than a few people were desperate to move into the dark, unknown abyss that promises to be 2017. There were so many […]Read more "Would That It Were So Simple: A Subjective and Deeply Personal Look at 2016 in Film"