Welcome to Ticket Taker, a new semi-regular column where I will be recording some brief thoughts on a series of movies I watched for whatever reason recently. This informal diary is not meant to recommend or dissuade you from seeing the movies yourself but rather record some stray observations I found during my own viewing... Continue Reading →
Against such weighty odds, with the fate of the universe and the company's creative identity hanging in the balance, Infinity War delivers not only the finest iteration of the superhero squad but one of Marvel's very best films in its history, an effort very much cognizant of the interpersonal history of its characters and the company's legacy as a canvas for big-budget entertainment that validates the old expression that some things really do get better with age.
Though discrepancies of race, sex, and gender surely do exist, they appear to be weakening on a yearly basis. If this decade is remembered for anything it will be in the creation of a more democratic system that have allowed artists like Jordan Peele, Dee Rees, Greta Gerwig, and Patty Jenkins to not only survive but flourish.
In many ways, "Heaven Can Wait" serves as a slight corrective to these previously masochistic self-evaluations. Co-directed with his co-star Henry, Beatty pivots away from the critical atmosphere of the moment into traditional romantic comedy territory that gives direct plot reasoning for his nervous and addled performance style.
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... Continue Reading →
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.
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.
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.
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! https://soundcloud.com/user-59165468/episode-2-oscars-and-grouches