★★★★ If I tell you that this diabolically entertaining spellbinder is about a student trying to master the arcane art of jazz drumming at an elite music conservatory, you might get all bored and pass on it. That would be really stupid though !! Whiplash is a battle to the death. It’s also a well... Continue Reading →
★★★★★ It's a cautionary tale about the invasive, corrupting nature of a society that believes it has the right to watch everything. And as we all know, it's a point that gets more prescient as we edge into the second millennium. With reality shows defining millennial TV and communications technology advancing with increasing rapidity, a... Continue Reading →
The atmosphere, background score and cinematography all fall into place perfectly for this eerie film to set the mood.
★★★★ George Miller has revived his Mad Max punk-western franchise as a bizarre convoy chase action-thriller in the post-apocalyptic desert. There are what seem to be dozens of huge rigs and chunky 18-wheelers driven by large, cross men with long hair and bad teeth, or no hair and no teeth, their rides pimped out with... Continue Reading →
★★★★ It's a really honest portrayal of drugs and is surely one of the finest "drug" movie out there. There's a joyous feeling coupled with despair that really pervades that film and I think it does the subject justice. Danny Boyle's classic holds up terrifically well. PlotMark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a young man with few prospects and... Continue Reading →
★★★★ In an era of sloppy and forgettable action flicks on the one hand and overly serious “gritty” franchises on the other, the Mission: Impossible movies strike a pleasing balance between memorable action sequences and smaller-scale character intrigue. They’re whatever the opposite of “self-important” is. Fallout is not only the best pure action movie of summer 2018,... Continue Reading →
Smacking his lips from across the interrogation table, makeup smearing his face like acid wash, The Joker takes an existential swipe at Batman halfway through Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, and leaves a scar. “I know the truth,” he blabbers. “There’s no going back. You’ve changed things ... forever.” Summer 2008... The hype for Christopher... Continue Reading →
★★★★★ Birdman is everything you want movies to be : vital, challenging, intellectually alive, visually stunning, emotionally affecting. It's a film that’s both technically astounding yet emotionally rich, intimate yet enormous, biting yet warm, satirical yet sweet. Plot A washed up actor tries to reclaim his fame on Broadway with a new play. As this is... Continue Reading →