Film Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Film Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in theaters nationwide today, April 4. Check your local listings for showtimes

At this point we are pretty deep into the Marvel Universe. Fully into Phase 2 of their master plan, we have now had three Iron Mans, two Thors, an Avengers, and now a second Captain America, with Guardians of the Galaxy just around the corner (also, do we mention Hulk, or is Marvel just as unsure of that property as we are?) We have been delighted by Iron Man, and then disappointed by him, while continuously being confused by Thor. The [Read more…]

Film Review: All Is Lost

Film Review: All Is Lost

To my mind, there’s nothing like a wordless film. Not a silent film mind you, quite the contrary, I mean films that aggressively employ sound effects, score and photography as the primary tools for storytelling rather than droning on with dialogue, telling you everything you should be meant to discover for yourself.  [Read more…]

Video of the Week: The ’74 Great Gatsby Trailer Recut

Video of the Week: The ’74 Great Gatsby Trailer Recut

Happy Monday readers! This great recut of the 1974 trailer using the style and music of Luhrmann’s adaptation dropped over the weekend. Expertly done. Enjoy!

Friday Video: “Booth”

Friday Video: “Booth”

A bit of selfish self promotion here, but I thought it relevant. 146 years ago today President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. About six years ago I made a short film telling the story of Booth’s last hours in hiding.

A few people have brought to my attention a new film by Robert Redford called “The Conspirator” that looks quite good – looking forward to checking that one out.

The Unseen: Downhill Racer

The Unseen: Downhill Racer

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Editor’s note: The Unseen is a somewhat regular column, looking at movies that are out of print, never released on DVD and otherwise hard to find.

I think I have underestimated the work of Michael Ritchie.  Sure, I enjoyed his later work, (especially “Fletch,” and the original “Bad News Bears,”) but I always thought of him as a middle-of-the-road director. [Read more…]

Editorial: Overrated Oscar Style

Editorial: Overrated Oscar Style

If you don’t know by now I like to make lists (top five places to go pantless) and I like to point out when things are overrated (wearing pants), so the Oscars give me a fantabulous opportunity to marry the two. The criteria for overrated Best Pictures are as follows: Which movies did it beat out; does the movie continue to be relevant; did the movie make me feel all warm and fuzzy like shoving your hand up a grizzly bears butt; and finally if I still couldn’t decide if a winner was overrated I would implement the rigors of science and get in a swivel chair with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s and Taco Bell and spin around until I threw up. Does that help me decide anything? No. But it did put into perspective the need for limits. Sometimes I think I am too much of a scientist when it comes to making these lists, but then I ask myself: if we didn’t follow the scientific method, would Chris Columbus have ever landed on the moon?

Now that you know the criteria and how professionally I have compiled this list, here are the top five overrated Best Picture winners:

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