It pains to say, but the follow up to 2017’s spectacular ‘Wonder Woman’ is an abject colossal failure. It’s truly hard to understand what went wrong, but very little works in the sequel, subtitled ‘1984’. At first the promise of a basically immortal protagonist having clandestine adventures in various eras seemed promising. Director Patty Jenkins… Continue reading ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ – An Indecipherable Absolute and Total Failure?
It’s hard to fathom that an over 40-year-old franchise could still have the capacity to surprise, but somehow Disney and the creators behind ‘The Mandalorian’ were able to do it for eight straight weeks in 2020. Maybe it’s the unfathomable year that was, which resulted in an audience primed for the wonder and spectacle provided… Continue reading ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 – A Christmas Miracle for the Star Wars Franchise?
David Fincher may have found a permanent home at Netflix, which has to this point indulged his whims on projects that many studios may have passed on. None more so than his latest feature film, ‘Mank’, a beautifully crafted exploration of old Hollywood that not only attempts to recreate the experience of watching a film… Continue reading ‘Mank’ – A Brilliant Film that’s Impenetrable Without Context?
It’s not often that the most popular item in the zeitgeist is also the best of its kind. ‘The Queen’s Gambit’, a seven episode limited series on Netflix, ushered under the singular, meticulous vision of writer/director Scott Frank, featuring an iconic, star-making performance from up-and-coming actress Anya Taylor-Joy, is one such example. Seemingly coming out… Continue reading ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ – A Checkmate For 2020 Limited Series’?
Powerhouse director Christopher Nolan (‘Dark Knight Trilogy’, ‘Inception’, ‘Dunkirk’) is on record saying that he’s always wanted to make a James Bond film. Perhaps the only thing blocking this from happening is the appearance that he is beheld to Warner Bros. for financing his unique visions after delivering them the massive success of each film… Continue reading ‘Tenet’ – Christopher Nolan’s Time-Bending Bond Bid?
STOP! DO NOT READ WITHOUT SEEING FIRST – THIS MOVIE IS BEST VIEWED WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING THE PREMISE Sometimes it’s best to just allow a film to wash over you and let it take you down its path. In the case of the Andy Samberg / Cristin Milioti starring ‘Palm Springs’, streaming directly onto Hulu,… Continue reading ‘Palm Springs’ – A Mas-Quar-Piece For These Times?
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
Horror has been carving out a nice place for itself in the dead of winter the past few years. 2020’s entry, ‘The Invisible Man’, takes the February baton from ‘The Witch’ and ‘Get Out’ as another example of well-crafted fare with more than just effective scares on its mind. Leigh Whannell, who has moved from… Continue reading ‘The Invisible Man’ – Putting the Victim Center Stage?
Margot Robbie’s depiction of the extremely popular DC comic book character Harley Quinn has been the shining star in not one, but now TWO sloppy messes meant to be major blockbusters for Warner Bros. One thing can be said for ‘Birds of Prey’, the movie unapologetically goes for it. Unfortunately for fans and audiences, little… Continue reading ‘Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn’ – Will WB/DC Ever Figure Out What to do with Margot Robbie’s Standout Role?
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