Cinematic history and myths are, more often than not, shaped by the better loser. Best Picture may sound like it, but it isn’t the biggest prize a film can win on Oscar night.
I once had the remarkable good fortune to be sitting unexpectedly in the Comedy Cellar in New York when a surprise guest was thrust upon us. The audience couldn’t believe it, and out strolled Chris Rock — an incendiary performer and giant comic superstar — who slayed. He was great and we were enraptured, and, […]
A true big-screen epic for the ages that doesn’t have all that much to say, but, by God, the way it says it.
Journalism rarely looks as good as it does in American movies. This, I assure you, is not because journalism isn’t essential or noble or brave. It is every bit those things and more. Yet the finest, truest bits of journalism — the bits that topple governments, the bits that win Pulitzers, the bits that inspire […]
You’re wrong about Deadpool, you know. Yes, you. I can see it as you start reading this review, smiling as you think you know what you’re in for. Think again. There are many kinds of films you may expect — as did I — but Deadpool, true to character, confounds. This is not an immature […]
Quentin Tarantino’s latest film is his most unpleasant. The Hateful Eight contains everything we expect from the auteur — ultraviolence and memorable characters and shocks and profanity and long stretches of dialogue — and yet, while as indulgently Tarantinoey as it can be, this is a rough watch, a film meant to cause discomfort, to […]
If you placed a lightsaber in the hands of director JJ Abrams, it would glow blue. His new Star Wars film is a fine spacecraft, a blockbuster that knows its place. The hunt in this Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens might ostensibly be for the vanished Luke Skywalker, but — be not fooled […]