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

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