As always, I have a number of projects going at once. Hence this blog is in the nature of a ‘head’s up’ for any and all interested parties. In the next couple days (probably this Thursday), I’ll be posting my review of the 2013 film Lee Daniel’s The Butler here. It’s a somewhat fictionalized account of […]Read more "Various Coming Attractions"
Director George Miller makes a stunning return to his classic post-apocalyptic future series with Tom Hardy very ably filling the role Mel Gibson originated years ago. Miller also co-wrote this all-out, non-stop spectacle with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouvis. This time, a game and indomitable Charlize Theron provides the heroic loner with a fierce if sometimes reluctant […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: Mad Max, Fury Road (2015)"
Films where a number of shorter works (usually with a thematic connection) are bound together in an anthology format are pretty rare. As the title suggests, here the basic thread involves futuristic science fiction with a distinctly horrific sensibility. Features of this sort are almost guaranteed to be uneven in quality and impact. That’s certainly […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: Galaxy of Horrors (2017)"
Dying of the Light (Theatrical Action Film, 2014, 1 hours 34 minutes). This middling Nicholas Cage vehicle is a spy versus terrorist action flick. The twist, to the extent there is one, is that the principle antagonists are both terminally ill. Cage does a very respectable job playing “Evan Lake,” a veteran CIA agent who never […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: Dying of the Light (2014)"
Arrival (Theatrical Science Fiction Movie, 2016). This film, based on a story by Ted Chang, one of the very best of the younger generation of SF authors, earned a fistful of Academy Award nominations. It won in one technical category (sound) and could’ve easily earned more. If it wasn’t that year’s actual Best Picture, it was […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: Arrival"
Already 14 years since this came out? Wow. Anyway, even if you never saw this one you probably know about the real-life behind-the-scenes drama of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt beginning their relationship as an on-set affair. But let’s not focus on that, okay? Here and now, the movie is the thing. And what an odd, somewhat […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)"
I celebrated this, my 60th birthday October 4th at my favorite hang-out: Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel. Owner Blair Murphy is still running himself ragged in preparation for the Halloween Season (and particularly this year’s Dracula-Con shindig on October 13), so I was running the coffeehouse for much of the evening. Syn previewed her costume for […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, 4 October 2018"
Recently saw a sillier-than-most Japanese sci-fi film, ran as a mid-afternoon time-filler on the Comet TV channel. No idea what the original title was, but the dubbed into English version for US release in 1970 was called “Voyage into Space.” Alien saucer from the planet Gargoyle invades Japan’s airspace, fights and destroys 5 fighter planes […]Read more "SILLY SCI-FI FUN? Sorry, Not So Much…."
Produced in 2013, 12 YEARS A SLAVE is an exceptionally powerful and well-made movie from director Steve McQueen, with an unblinkingly fine script by John Ridley and a wonderful cast headed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. The period details are dead-on and the overall look of the film possesses a realism and a savage beauty that is […]Read more "Film Review: 12 Years a Slave"
Exploding into view after the epic bloodletting savagery of World War II, the dark and dangerous genre known as Film Noir reached a new height with 1947’s KISS OF DEATH. In possibly his best performance of a quite capable career, Victor Mature stars as a career criminal who ends up in jail when arrested for […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: KISS OF DEATH"