It never really mattered whether or not tornadoes could effectively, realistically, be cinematic villains because they're sporadic and they never last long. That made no difference when you saw that first teaser and first trailer for Twister, Jan de Bont's parade of CGI cyclones, flying cows, and Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt leading a ragtag … Continue reading Summer of ’96: TWISTER Ushers in a New Era of CGI Storytelling
Which man are you? Are you the new family man just looking for a night out with the fellas? Are you the irresponsible brother with a short fuse and a Camaro in need of a serious paint job? Are you the best friend who might be too cocky for his own good? Are you the … Continue reading JUDGMENT NIGHT (1993): What Kind of Man are You?
In this new version of the old world, things are certainly different in just about every walk of life. For some of us out there - some of us who cherish film, the history of the movies, and the movie theater experience - we have been forced to come to the realization that movies may … Continue reading RUN HIDE FIGHT: The Daily Wire’s First Feature is a Scorcher
If you were a theater patron in the 1990s, odds are you bought a ticket for a Joel Schumacher film somewhere along the way. For fifteen years, give or take, the costume designer turned filmmaker had his finger on the pulse of pop cinema. He made big hits in all different genres, until Bat Nipples … Continue reading Joel Schumacher (1939-2020): Five Essentials
Once in a while a film full of stars, loaded with promise and equipped with a wide release plan, will come and go without making so much s a ripple in the zeitgeist, lost in the infinite growing back catalogue of cinema. Sometimes, these flippant dismissals are warranted; other times, they're confounding. Occasionally, but rarely, … Continue reading Forgotten Films Archive, #2: FANDANGO (1985)
Time and time again, in the early days of his stardom, matinee idol John Travolta used his newfound celebrity completely dismantling the idea of the matinee idol. The Irish-Italian from New Jersey with the cleft chin, the broad smile, and the endless charm, figured out a way to subvert his golden looks by diving headlong … Continue reading The Search for Authenticity: URBAN COWBOY at 40
The scenario is too enticing to ignore: Christopher Nolan, one of the most vocal proponents of the cinema - and an outspoken fanboy of the value of the cinematic experience in general - is set to release an epic, time-bending thriller in a few weeks, in a future that is unknown, at a moment where … Continue reading TENET Needs to Stay Put
SPOILERS: I plan on discussing certain elements of this movie that should be seen without any prior knowledge. There isn't much to spoil, but just be warned that I will be discussing the magic tricks that are part of this unique experience. There is a fifteen-minute dream sequence early in the second half of Capone, Josh … Continue reading Make No Mistake, CAPONE Flirts With Greatness