Friday, June 22, 2012 7:31 am
It has occurred to me that I discuss my personal goings-on a bit less than my fellow News-Sentinel columnists do, but in the interest of partial disclosure, I must confess that life has gotten significantly more difficult for me in the past few months. I’ve started a new job that requires many long, grueling, thankless hours in an undesirable environment. The possibility of complete physical and mental collapse is now very real.
Friday, February 24, 2012 7:41 am
I always try to get as excited as possible about the Academy Awards, that time-honored annual tradition in which Hollywood enrages the nation’s cinephiles by consistently displaying the most remarkable lack of good taste and common decency imaginable.
Friday, February 17, 2012 9:20 am
As evidenced by this week‘s review, the quality of new wide
releases appears to be dipping again — a definite disappointment,
considering how strong the year started off.
Friday, February 10, 2012 7:47 am
Quite unexpectedly, the first couple months of 2012 continue to
offer some quality choices for discriminating movie-goers.
Friday, January 27, 2012 8:05 am
Technical complications at the “Haywire” screening I attempted
to attend have left me without a film to review this week (we’ll
catch up with that one next time, along with the Liam Neeson
survival thriller “The Grey”). But this is just as well, I suppose,
considering that the recent Oscar nominations have inspired more
controversy than I’ve ever seen associated with the Academy Awards,
and of course I have some choice thoughts about that.
Friday, January 20, 2012 7:37 am
Typically, I spend the first six weeks or so of each new year
playing catch-up with all the Oscar bait that was released around
Christmas. But as it turns out this awards season didn’t produce as
many true prestige pictures as expected, so starting next week
we’ll be returning to new releases with a look at Steven
Soderbergh’s acclaimed action flick “Haywire,” followed by a review
of the Liam Neeson vs. wolves survival thriller “The Grey” (I’ll
also briefly return to the 2011 awards contenders with a piece on
“The Artist,” if it ever opens in the Lodi-Stockton area).
Gary Oldman stars in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
Friday, January 13, 2012 7:43 am
Hope you all enjoyed my top 10 list last week, and gleaned some
useful recommendations. This week I’ll take a very quick look at
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” which made my “most promising films I
didn’t see” list but ended up being one of the most spirit-crushing
disappointments of the year. I honestly don’t have much to say
about such an empty film, so I suppose I might as well squeeze in
my predictions for the Oscar nominations, set to be announced on
Tuesday, Jan. 24, at which point you will surely marvel at my
peerless prognosticative abilities.
Friday, December 2, 2011 8:01 am
How quickly things can change. Just a week ago, I was so
desperate for a movie to review that I actually sat and watched
“The Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn: Part 1” for two hours. (I’ve
broken bones, suffered through mono, gotten tattooed and had a
wisdom tooth wrenched out of my head without Novocain, but
honestly, all pale in comparison to the sheer unpleasantness of the
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.
Saturday, October 31, 2009 12:00 am
Saturday, October 3, 2009 12:00 am
We're now in the early stages of the fall movie season, that
delightful time of year when studios attempt to atone for the
transgressions of previous months by releasing an onslaught of
pedigreed awards bait from October through December.
Friday, March 6, 2009 10:00 pm
Well, this week was a bust. Between that Jonas brothers concert
movie, a gender-bending university comedy, an "Eagle Eye" rip-off
and a new "Street Fighter" movie, I just assumed that "Street
Fighter" would be the most worthy new film to review this time. It
turns out I may have been tragically wrong, but no matter: This
weekend brings "Watchmen," and the ensuing weeks bring a whole slew
of high-profile pre-summer releases that are sure to be better than
Friday, July 25, 2008 10:00 pm
Everyone knew "The Dark Knight" would be a major success.
Between the brilliant marketing, glowing reviews and incredible
hype surrounding the late Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker,
there was no way this wouldn't be one of the biggest hits of the
summer movie season.
Friday, November 3, 2006 10:00 pm
I used to be obsessed with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
From the age of 10 until my mid-teens (when I finally realized the
fallacious nature of most, if not all, conspiracy theories), I
formulated different theories as often as I changed socks. On any
given day, I was as likely to be convinced that Fidel Castro was
behind the plot to kill Kennedy as I was to believe that it was an
elaborate plan by the Mafia. JFK's assassination is unusual in the
realm of conspiracy theories, in that everyone is a suspect, and it
is impossible to rule anyone out. Unlike other popular conspiracies
(from the moon landing to 9/11), there is no iron-clad explanation
that holds up under intense scrutiny.