Friday, January 6, 2012 10:07 am
I could go on a rambling, ill-tempered rant about the shocking
lack of worthwhile films released in 2011. I could easily wallow in
righteous indignation, and throw up my hands in disgust and defeat
as I impotently curse Hollywood’s artistic bankruptcy and offer my
own theories as to why last year saw the worst theater attendance
numbers in 16 years. And I’d be right to do it. But this time of
year, I prefer to ignore the crazed, rampaging elephant in the room
and instead celebrate the few diamonds in the rough that kept me
from completely losing my mind over the course of the past 12
months. So let’s get to it:
Friday, December 30, 2011 7:37 am
Hope you all had a great Christmas and are enjoying the final
hours of 2011. My holiday season has been quite relaxing indeed,
with the exception of the screening blitz I’ve been embroiled in
since I realized the first draft of my year-end top 10 list was
woefully inadequate. I’m trying to cram in as many movies as I can
before my list is due for publication next week, and the experience
has been mind-reeling but, of course, invigorating in its own
Friday, November 4, 2011 8:11 am
“In Time.” “The Three Musketeers.” “Footloose.” “Johnny English
Reborn.” These are among the films now playing in multiplexes
across the country. I find this roster to be strange and
unsettling, as I have apparently been laboring under the
misapprehension that we were supposed to be smack-dab in the middle
of awards season. Silly me.
Thursday, December 23, 2010 8:38 am
I’ve been a tad grumpy lately, and for that I apologize. The
crushing disappointment of the fall movie season got to me, but you
know what? It’s Christmas, and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna let a
few bad movies spoil my sunny disposition. There’s much to
celebrate this week (besides the obvious), starting with the wide
release of Darren Aronofsky’s beautiful and devastating “Black
Saturday, January 16, 2010 12:00 am
The end of the decade coincides with the 10-year anniversary of
this column, and what better way to mark the occasion than with an
obsessive ranking of the decade's best films?
Thursday, December 25, 2008 10:00 pm
Clarification: In last week's review of "Frost/Nixon,"
interviewer David Frost was described as an "Australian TV
personality." Of course, I meant that he was a personality on
Australian TV (with failed shows elsewhere prior to his Nixon
interview), but neglected to clarify his British nationality.
Thanks to Mike Wilson for bringing this to my attention.
Friday, January 18, 2008 10:00 pm
1. "Gone Baby Gone" (Ben Affleck)
Friday, September 28, 2007 10:00 pm
Over the course of the past four decades, David Cronenberg has
been one of the world's most consistently bizarre filmmakers. With
movies like "Videodrome," "Naked Lunch" and "eXistenZ," he
established a niche as the premier guru of metaphysical weirdness.
Then came 2005's "A History of Violence," which marked Cronenberg's
apparent embracement of the mainstream. Yet it wasn't a sellout -
on the contrary, it represented the best work of his career. His
follow-up, "Eastern Promises," is a similarly "standard" genre
piece. Yet, like his previous film, there's a lot more going on
beneath the surface.
Friday, August 24, 2007 10:00 pm
I'm choosing not to dwell on the depressing mediocrity of the
freshly wrapped summer movie season. Instead, let's look forward to
the fall/winter season, and 15 movies that will hopefully prevent
2007 from being a completely forgettable year at the movies. To
start, here are the five releases I'm most looking forward to for
the rest of the year:
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