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: 'In the Earth'
To say I didn’t care for director Ben Wheatley’s take on Alfred Hitchcock’s incredible masterpiece, Rebecca, would be an understatement. Not only did I write a lengthy negative review, I then wrote a second scathing take on the movie in the form of a numbered list of everything wrong with the movie. So yeah, me and Ben Wheatley are not on the same page. I felt the same wearying feeling about his breakthrough feature Free Fire starring Brie Larson, though I wasn’t inspired to chronicle my disdain as I did with Rebecca.
Movie Review: 'Trigger Point'
The new action movie Trigger Point gets off to a very strange start from the very first production logo. The film comes under the Chicken Soup for the Soul production banner, This is literally the company that has branded Chicken Soup for the Soul for over a decade and not a snarky boutique production that lifted the brand name. This is bizarre because Trigger Point is a B-movie action flick about assassins doing assassinations.
Movie Review: 'Vanquish'
Vanquish is a dimwitted, ugly and joyless entry into the action genre. The film stars Ruby Rose in the role of Victoria, a former assassin and thief turned personal care assistant to Morgan Freeman’s Damon. Damon is America’s Top Cop, a beloved law enforcement figure who was paralyzed when attacked in his home by unknown thugs. Secretly, however, Damon is also a leading underworld baddie with scores to settle.
Movie Review: 'Giants Being Lonely'
It's been quite a journey for the makers of Giants Being Lonely. The film opened to much praise at the Venice Film Festival in 2019 but was unable to garner distribution. More than a year later, Director Guillermo Del Toro saw the movie and was blown away by it. With his help, Writer-Director Grear Patterson and Executive Producer Olmo Schnabel, son of the famous director Julian Schnabel, found confidence in their ending and a champion who believed and has since leant his strength the film's release.
Classic Movie Review: 'Jason X'
In 1980, first time director Sean S. Cunningham made his mark on the horror genre with a summer camp set rip-off of Halloween's Michael Myers that he named Jason Voorhees. Yes I said rip-off, look at it objectively. Mass murderer, white mask, comes from an extremely dysfunctional family, tell me I’m wrong. Nonetheless, Friday the 13th did eventually carve out it's own niche and 22 years after the first film the franchise continued with Jason X.
Movie Review: The Tunnel
The Tunnel is a roller coaster of emotions and tensions. The story of a gas truck crashing deep inside a Norwegian tunnel, beneath a massive mountain, thousands of miles above sea level, The Tunnel is gripping, well acted and breathtaking. Starring Thorbjorn Harr at the head of a terrific Norwegian ensemble, The Tunnel hopes to break through the American aversion to subtitles by delivering an action/drama intense enough to make you forget it’s in another language.
King Kong vs Godzilla 5 Pieces of Little Known Trivia
No, that’s not a typo in my title. This article is not about Godzilla vs Kong, the new blockbuster in theaters and on HBO Max at the moment. This is 5 weird pieces of trivia regarding the 1962 original King Kong vs Godzilla, the Toho feature that was retrofitted for American audiences in 1963 by a shameless huckster named John Beck. With the release of Godzilla vs Kong, I couldn’t resist watching the rubber suit version.
Song Review: 'Peaches' by Justin Bieber ft Daniel Caesar and Giveon.
Never look at the top of the charts for anything other than the most mediocre and easy to ignore songs on the planet. Don’t get me wrong, plenty of great songs have overcome the masses to make it to number one. But, unfailingly, when one takes the time to look at the song that has risen to the top of the charts, that song tends to be remarkable for being unremarkable. Generally, the best selling song is the one that is bland enough to please a lot of people all at once.