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.
Once you accept that Tenet is no deeper than your average Fast and the Furious movie, it becomes very easy to enjoy. The perception that director Christopher Nolan has created around his movies such as Interstellar and Inception is that they are more than merely blockbuster entertainment. Instead, many have been led to believe that Nolan has big, high-minded ideas in his movies that require note-taking and homework.
The 300 Year Weekend is a strange experimental film that, though made in 1971, has not been seen since. The film aired on television one time, more than a year after it was completed and was specifically kept from theatrical release. The movie was not aired in primetime either, but in a late night slot where it was likely swamped by Johnny Carson or lost in a sea of more audience friendly midnight movies. Let’s just say, The 300 Year Weekend is not for the casual film watcher.
Wander Darkly is a deeply moving and heart-rending drama about a couple in the dying days of a relationship. They fight all of the time, they spend their time apart, with one left with their child, and the other hiding in the garage working on his hobby. There is a lengthy history implied in how quick they are to be angry at one another. The couple is portrayed by Sienna Miller and Diego Luna and they effortlessly appear to have made a routine of fighting each other.
In the immediate aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a moment in which many people legitimately believed humanity was going to destroy itself, filmmakers Frank and Eleanor Perry made the bold choice to make a completely anti-nuclear weapon movie using children to discourage the world from being destroyed. Ladybug, Ladybug was that movie. Mostly lost to time today, it’s easy to forget how bracing and bold Ladybug, Ladybug was in the wake of near nuclear annihilation.
I love finding hidden gem movies. You know, those old movies that you missed over the years that people don’t talk much about anymore and are secretly brilliant. That’s what I have found in the new Kino Lorber Blu Ray release of the 1970 Frank Perry directed black comedy, Diary of a Mad Housewife. This is a secretly biting satire about an unsatisfied wife in an unsatisfying marriage to a wholly unsatisfying man.
The Midnight Sky is an intense experience. Directed by and starring George Clooney, this post-apocalyptic drama has some corny elements but it more than makes up for that with a stomach churning amount of suspense and thrills. Clooney still has a few kinks to work out in his directorial style but other than his Oscar nominated, Good Night and Good Luck, The Midnight Sky is his best piece of direction yet.
You would be hard pressed to find a music industry story as strange or twisty as that of Ike White. A man once viewed by music industry insiders as the heir to Jimi Hendrix, Ike White found mostly obscurity after making a splash in prison. Yes, I said prison. Ike White was an inmate in a northern California correctional facility when he was discovered by a prisoner who shared his talent with a music producer friend.
As a kid, I was obsessed with boxing. Getting home from school, for a time, meant watching old fight footage on ESPN which used to fill afternoon programming with half hour documentaries on classic fights like the 'Thrilla in Manilla' or the classics of Rocky Marciano on grainy black and white film. Yes, I was also a bandwagon Mike Tyson fan. I was 12 years old when I saw Tyson and I was hooked on his persona and power immediately.