I have been a film critic for nearly 20 years and worked professionally, as a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association for the past 9 years. My favorite movie of all time is The Big Lebowski because it always feels new.
Movie Review: 'Scavenger' is One of the Worst Movies Ever Made THAT'S NOT A REASON TO SEE IT
Scavenger is among the most ugly, nasty and genuinely unpleasant movies I’ve ever endured. I hate saying that, I know I should not open the review with that. I know that people who release a movie as ugly and vile as Scavenger love for critics to say how awful they are, they consider a negative review such as this as good publicity. I hate that fact but I can’t put this lightly or simply dismiss the revulsion I felt while watching Scavenger.
Movie Review: 'Silo' is Better Suited for Reality TV Documentary than Feature Film
The newly released movie Silo, opening in some theaters and for on-demand rental on Friday, May 7th, plays like an episode of the reality crime series, I Survived, if that show were reduced only to re-enactments. This slight and slim drama about the potential dangers inside a midwest grain bin, has a strong central conceit but the flat, perfunctory performances and rote subplots play out as soggy melodrama, more public service announcement than movie.
TCM Film Festival Review: 'Doctor X' and the Horror Films of Michael Curtiz
In his insanely prolific career with more than 170 film credits in just over 40 years in Hollywood and Germany, Director Michael Curtiz made only three horror movies. As is typical of Michael Curtiz, these aren’t merely horror films, they are incredibly detailed, exceptionally well made horror films. Curtiz did nothing halfway in his remarkable career and while Doctor X may not be well remembered today, it’s an exceptional 1930’s horror movie filled with suspense, drama and a touch of comedy to make the scares more fun.
Movie Review: 'Queen Marie of Romania'
Queen Marie of Romania is part soap opera and part solid CBS television drama. This historical drama attempts to reclaim the legacy of the Romanian Queen, Queen Marie, a woman born of English Royalty, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria, who went on to have her legacy destroyed by her own son, Prince Carol II. Queen Marie of Romania is a handsome but insubstantial film with a weak screenplay bolstered somewhat by a compelling lead performance by Roxana Lupu.
Movie Review: 'Paper Spiders' is a Deeply Empathetic Look at Mental Illness
Paper Spiders is an emotional rollercoaster regarding the ups and downs in a strained relationship between a teenage daughter and a mother suffering from mental illness. The film stars Lili Taylor in the role of the mother and newcomer Stefania LaVie Owen as her college bound daughter. Facing life alone in a big empty, her husband having passed away not long ago, the mother begins to exhibit strange behavior that spirals out of control.
Movie Review: '15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot (Number 1 Will Blow Your Mind)'
15 Things You Didn’t Know about Bigfoot is a very modern piece of satire. Directed by Zach Lamplugh (Editor, known for Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell), 15 Things tells the story of a millennial journalist working for a website that is part Buzzfeed and part Vice. Poor Brian Emond (played by actor Brian Emond) just wants to do real journalism. Unfortunately, his current niche for the web based media company Compound is more along the lines of clickbait.
TCM Film Festival: 'Tex Avery at MGM'
The Turner Classic Film Festival, May 6th through the 9th on TCM and HBO Max, is treading into the minefield that is the legacy of one Tex Avery during the 2021 TCM Film Festival. One of the centerpieces of TCM’s Saturday morning is the documentary Tex Avery: The King of Cartoons, a 1988 52 minute documentary that has rarely been seen as it has mostly been out of circulation in the last few years. It’s on YouTube but if you’re in America, and you don’t have one of those VPN disguises, you aren’t able to watch it. Thus the show, Saturday morning at 6 Am Eastern time on TCM is a rare opportunity to see the documentary.
Movie Review: 'Stealing Chaplin'
Stealing Chaplin is a charmless black comedy that intends to adopt the cache of Charlie Chaplin, by employing an impersonator as the film’s narrator, but comes up short at every turn. Stealing Chaplin stars Simon Phillips as Cal and Doug Phillips as Cal’s hapless brother Terry. Together they are low level con artists who are somehow $30,000 in debt to the Las Vegas mob or it’s various offshoots.