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, July 10, 2009 10:00 pm
At this point, it's getting almost surreal: Week after week,
we're seeing once-promising films that end up falling completely
flat due to very fundamental and blindingly obvious problems with
the screenplay, cast or direction (sometimes all three).
Friday, January 23, 2009 10:00 pm
I watched a movie called "9 1/2 Weeks" for the first time the
other day. It's a "sex flick," but a great one, and a stark
reminder of why I've always considered Mickey Rourke to be one of
cinema's most appealing leading men, and perhaps - just perhaps -
the sexist bastard to ever flash his mug on a movie screen.
Friday, January 16, 2009 10:00 pm
More catching up. This week's titles will be familiar to those
who caught the year-end top 10 roundup last time.
Friday, January 9, 2009 10:00 pm
1. "The Dark Knight" (Christopher Nolan)
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, February 27, 2004 10:00 pm
The most important among the Oscar-nominated films at the 2004
Academy Award ceremony may be "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from
the Life of Robert S. McNamara."