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: 'Tyger Tyger'
The new movie Tyger Tyger suffers from the strange affliction of having a far more interesting backstory than the story being told in the movie. The film was written and directed by Kerry Mondragon and explores his own troubled history with drug abuse to tell a story about the often surreal, beautiful and dangerous world of addiction. The film is set inside a real life fringe community in California that proves to be way more interesting than the story of the movie.
Movie Review: 'Safer at Home'
Safer at Home is a thriller set in what hopefully will remain an alternate reality. In Safer at Home, it’s 2023 and Americans are under a brand new and even more severe COVID lockdown. We are told that the police and military are in the streets enforcing curfews in major cities and that the death toll has increased severely as new strains of the Coronavirus find new purchase across the country.
If You Like This Movie: A Guide for People Looking to Get into Classic Movies
Many young people are curious about older movies but don’t know where to begin. No one wants to waste their time watching something they’re sure they won’t enjoy but how do you determine if you are going to enjoy something without watching it? This made me think, as someone who has watched more movies than your average person, how I might help the people find older movies that might fit their taste.
Movie Review: 'Crisis'
Crisis is a quite good drama about the opioid crisis and the ways in which our government and major corporations selling opioids have grown unscrupulous in their dedication to greed. Directed by Nicholas Jarecki, director of the Golden Globe nominated Arbitrage, Crisis has the ambition of Traffic if not that film’s incredible execution. Though Crisis is quite a good movie with a group of terrific performances, the film’s preachiness is sometimes a turn off but not one that ruins the movie.
Movie Review: 'Cherry'
Tom Holland is an actor I like a great deal. He has an earnest face and boyish charm that make him a near perfect fit for Peter Parker and Spider-Man. He’s proven as part of a series of Marvel Movies that he can hang with big stars and take the lead himself and all while maintaining an air of approach-ability. These qualities, unfortunately, don’t translate into more gritty or dark roles. The evidence for that is the new Apple Original movie Cherry, a failing attempt at translating Holland’s charm into something grimy and dramatic.
Documentary Review: 'F.T.A' Free the Army
I started out in radio at the age of 19 and at that time, I was only vaguely aware of Jane Fonda. At 24 however, when I landed my first, full time radio gig, as a producer of an all male, conservative talk radio station, I was introduced to Jane Fonda in the strangest way. After September 11th, and the move toward war in Afghanistan and Iraq we began to get calls constantly warning those Jane Fonda types in Hollywood to keep their mouths shut.
Movie Review: 'The Vigil'
The Vigil uses the specificity of Jewish tradition to put a fresh spin on the supernatural horror genre. Dave Davis stars in The Vigil as Yakov, a former member of an orthodox Jewish community. A tragedy in his recent past led Yakov to reassess his faith and leave the orthodox tradition. He’s found support in a support group of fellow former orthodox Jews. The group includes Sarah who is the first non-orthodox woman Yakov has had an opportunity to spend time with.
Movie Review: 'The United States vs Billie Holiday
I don’t wish to psychoanalyze the power structure of an entire country or an entire gender of people, but, it appears from the evidence at hand, throughout American history, that racism is based deeply within the power desired by white men. Is it that white men hate black people just for being black? In some cases, perhaps, but the majority of racism and acting on racist instincts appears, to my amateur psychologist mind, to be an exertion of power over others. The desire to bend others to your will and not have to answer for it is one that has afflicted American history for decades.