As a rabid consumer of art and culture, I wanted to share some work by black artists that have specifically had a profound effect on me personally through the years. I’m a white man in America, privileged in that I can never truly understand the struggle of so many in this country, but it’s through… Continue reading Reflections on Race in America as Conveyed by Black Artists
The Academy Awards, which are supposed to celebrate what those in the movie business consider the best of 2019, is here. Always a good time to take stock of what the year in cinema meant to audiences and critics, the following list contains one person’s thoughts on the best of the best: TEN FORD V… Continue reading Liam the Kid Alterna-Oscars – Best Films of 2019
Time will be kind to ‘Game of Thrones’. If its fans and detractors can take a step back, be truly objective, the eighth and final season of the show will be viewed for what it was – an unevenly paced, visually stunning, logic defying, character driven completion of the most ambitious feat in television history.… Continue reading ‘Game of Thrones’ – The Final Season: Could Any Ending Truly Satisfy?
Run . . . as fast as possible . . . to a theater to see ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’. Seriously, even without seeing the previous two installments of this absolutely miraculous action franchise (although one absolutely should), the feats of balletic action choreography need to be experienced in a dark theater with… Continue reading ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ – Holy Mutha#$!!ing $#!t?!
Could expectations be any higher for writer/director Jordan Peele’s follow-up to his social satire/horror/thriller, ‘Get Out’? His new film ‘Us’ is also firmly planted in the genre, and similarly contains overarching allegories for the country we live in, notably income disparity (it’s by design that the title has a ‘U’ and an ‘S’). It’s very… Continue reading ‘Us’ – Is This America?
The Academy Awards have always left much to be desired. This year the headlines were all about the debacle of a host-less show, failed attempts to jigger with the proceedings, and a couple of problematic nominees (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ & ‘Green Book’). The categories omitted from the ceremony were put back in and almost all of… Continue reading Liam the Kid Alterna-Oscars – Best Movies of 2018
Christopher Nolan has become a signature filmmaker of the modern era, crafting popular entertainment that redefines the source material and challenges the audience experience, whether it has been the comic book superhero film (‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy) or film noir (‘Memento’, ‘Inception’). With ‘Dunkirk’ he turns his lens and pen (he’s the sole credited writer… Continue reading ‘Dunkirk’ – Masterpiece of Time, Sound, & Fury
This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece of man vs. nature, ‘Jaws’, and with the 4th of July marking the unofficial middle of the summer blockbuster season, it is a perfect time to revisit this classic film. The movie was released in June of 1975, and basically took over… Continue reading ‘Jaws’ – The Perfect Summer Blockbuster?