Well, the first thing I can say about this year’s Academy Awards is this: In stark contrast to last year…the vast majority of the movies taking center stage for 2016…were movies people ACTUALLY SAW–or, at the very least, knew about. Just look at what was nominated–Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, Ridley’s The Martian, The Revenant, Mad […]Read more "SPECIAL COMMENTARY: OSCARS 2016"
Whether or not Michael Bay deserves his reputation almost depends on whether or not his latest flick involves giant robots. Honestly, if you take out that part of his filmography, he’s actually done quite well for himself. If two of your films (The Rock and Armageddon) make the Criterion Collection, you can almost be forgiven for […]Read more "“13 Hours”, or, The Redemption Of Michael Bay"
Diablo stars Scott Eastwood as a dark take on certain characters played by his legendary father. The man’s name is Jackson, and we eventually learn he was a veteran of the Civil War who served under General Sherman. Why this is kept from us and slowly hinted at until all is revealed is beyond me. I […]Read more "“Diablo” Burns…And Not Always In A Good Way."
Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu became an instant superstar last year with Birdman, the super-limited-release film that opened to PACKED theaters, few as they were…and, as we all know, went on to snag Best Picture AND a Best Director for Inarritu. That movie starred Michael Keaton and, taking off from Hitchcock’s Rope, simulates one continuous movie-length take. […]Read more "“The Revenant”: A Slow And Steady Instant Classic"
Note: This review covers the 70mm, 3-hour cut of “The Hateful Eight”. Some notes regarding changes for the wide-release cut may come later…. The Hateful Eight is unlike any film Quentin Tarantino has ever made. It has the slow-paced, meditative quality of Jackie Brown…before exploding in the second half into a bloodfest a la Kill Bill vol. […]Read more "There’s Little To Hate About “The Hateful Eight”"
Trent Blake of Dual Hammer Studios co-hosts in this in-depth look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens–along with some speculation on what comes next for the Star Wars saga. MAJOR SPOILERS follow. You have been warned.Read more "Star Wars: The Force Awakens–SPOILER REVIEW"
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… There were three quintessential classics of space fantasy in cinema: Star Wars (or, if you like, A New Hope), The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Since 1977, when George Lucas’s masterpiece first captured our imaginations, we loved these films, and we knew […]Read more "Star Wars: The Force Awakens…and indeed it does"