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"
All this makes for the perfect set-up for my proposed Keeping Up with the Coppolas, which follows the wacky and enlightening adventures of film’s first family as the navigate the art, trash, and all in between of Northern California and beyond.Read more "Keeping Up with the Coppolas: Imagining a Reality Show for Film’s First Family"
The inescapable destruction of landmarks, such as London, were assembled with the grace of a student driver late for school on his girlfriend’s birthday. To describe them as operating on “auto pilot” implies a mechanical design to the madness on-screen that I failed to recognize.Read more "It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Blind): Independence Day-Resurgence Review"