My 10 Favorite Movies of 2019

Recency bias is a tough firewall to fight through, but even if you keep your wits about you when digesting the year that was 2019, curbing your desire to be superlative about things you've just seen, it sure seems like this is a special year and a capstone on a strange, transitional decade of film. … Continue reading My 10 Favorite Movies of 2019

Ignore The Bad Takes, Anna Paquin is a Crucial Part of THE IRISHMAN

The bigger the movie, it seems, the worse the think pieces. It certainly seems to be the case in 2019, with everyone able to voice their opinions on a film at a moment's notice. This fall, once the (mostly positive) Tarantino discourse died down after Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, it was time for … Continue reading Ignore The Bad Takes, Anna Paquin is a Crucial Part of THE IRISHMAN

COP LAND, James Mangold’s Breakout Film, Only Gets Better With Age

Looking back on Cop Land, James Mangold's breakout 1997 police drama that helped fortify the Miramax stronghold on independent cinema throughout the decade, what's most striking is the cast. It's incredible. These faces and these bodies, ones of movie stars at different points in their career, seem to have gone back in time and lived as … Continue reading COP LAND, James Mangold’s Breakout Film, Only Gets Better With Age

TERMINATOR: DARK FATE Tries Hard, But it Can’t Escape the Past

For the better part of two decades, ever since its perfect farewell in 1991, studios and directors and producers and creators have been trying to reboot or continue or reimagine the Terminator franchise. Whether it's going back in time, or into the future, or frivolously fixing the present, this is the franchise that's felt tired for a … Continue reading TERMINATOR: DARK FATE Tries Hard, But it Can’t Escape the Past

FIGHT CLUB Deserves a Better Legacy

For the last twenty years, David Fincher's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club has slowly, steadily gained the reputation as a monolithic touchstone for toxic masculinity, a reckless movie that fills weak-minded young men with bad ideas. "If a man tells you his favorite movie is Fight Club, run away," is a somewhat common social media sentiment nowadays. … Continue reading FIGHT CLUB Deserves a Better Legacy

Joaquin Phoenix Takes JOKER as Far as He Can

It's been made clear what Todd Phillips is going for with Joker, his new "super twisted" and "ultra gritty" take on the iconic comic book villain, and the former comedy filmmaker certainly delivers on the obvious expectations. Joker is, of course, inspired by a pair of legendary Martin Scorsese pictures: Taxi Driver and King of Comedy. That much has been made … Continue reading Joaquin Phoenix Takes JOKER as Far as He Can