Make No Mistake, CAPONE Flirts With Greatness

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

Forgotten Films Archive, #1: Jonathan Glazer’s BIRTH (2004)

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, #1: Jonathan Glazer’s BIRTH (2004)

NIXON is Oliver Stone’s Greatest Film

For almost a decade, by 1995, Oliver Stone had firmly secured his share of the zeitgeist as the angst-ridden, conspiracy-fueled, brilliantly bilateral cinematic voice of American politics and culture. He won his Oscars in the spring of 1987 for his Vietnam melodrama Platoon, and he'd seen acclaim and financial success in equal measure with his 1991 … Continue reading NIXON is Oliver Stone’s Greatest Film

STRAIGHT TIME, the Perfect Double Feature for UNCUT GEMS

New movies can be invigorating because they’re original, or because they’re a welcome change to the status quo, or they spring from the imagination of a thrilling new filmmaker; but even with originality, there will always be the perfect double feature pairing somewhere in cinema’s past. Every movie shares an unshakable bond with another movie, … Continue reading STRAIGHT TIME, the Perfect Double Feature for UNCUT GEMS

1917: From Afterthought to Awards Contender

The deck seemed stacked against Sam Mendes's 1917 from the get go. The trailer for the World War I thriller bared a heavy resemblance to Christopher Nolan's recent time-centric WWII thriller, Dunkirk, and the big marketing buzz focused on the fact that Mendes and legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins made the film to appear as if it were all … Continue reading 1917: From Afterthought to Awards Contender