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"
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"
I can assure you the same can be applied to my list. I like to think that I have a wide swath of films and filmmakers that excite me, particularly in this contemporary climate.Read more "The Best Films of the 21st Century"
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"