Posted in July 2011

Due Respect and the Spider-Man Reboot

Due Respect and the Spider-Man Reboot


As a rule, I’m not against the idea of remaking or rebooting movies, be they standalone titles or franchises; I think remakes are largely unnecessary, and frequently epitomize an absence of vision or creativity, but bad films can benefit from a good remake– and it’s not like people haven’t remade movies in the past. But … Continue reading

Review: The Illusionist, 2010, dir. Sylvain Chomet

Review: The Illusionist, 2010, dir. Sylvain Chomet


For all of its moving excellence, The Illusionist may be almost as enrapturing for the turmoil surrounding its creation as it is for its artistry. Two arguments, one originating from writer Jacques Tatischeff (from here on out referred to affectionately as “Tati”) family and the other from director Sylvain Chomest (of 2003’s The Triplets of … Continue reading

Review: Rubber, 2011, dir. Quentin Dupieux

Review: Rubber, 2011, dir. Quentin Dupieux


One thing can be said for certain about Rubber, the sophomore film of French director/record producer Quentin Dupieux (a.k.a. Mr. Oizo)– you will believe that a tire (named, the post-credits inform us, Robert) can gain sentience and use its newfound telekinetic powers to go on a bloody rampage through a small desert town while pursuing … Continue reading

Movies That Matter: Oldboy

Movies That Matter: Oldboy


I tend to think that anytime I type a word about Oldboy, somebody out there inevitably will react with exasperation. “Good God, Andy,” that person future-writes, “shut up about Oldboy already, it’s been almost ten years since it came out, find another film to gush over, damn.” So I’m paranoid. Sue me. In defense of … Continue reading

The Sky is Falling: Cars 2 and the Pixar Backlash

The Sky is Falling: Cars 2 and the Pixar Backlash


What happens when Pixar– animation giant, champions of quality kids’ movies, purveyors of heartfelt entertainment– releases a sequel to a film other than Toy Story? Apparently, and depending on who you talk to, an outcry across the Internet. Virtual rioting. Armageddon. Ragnarok. Götterdämmerung. Forty years of darkness, the dead rising from the grave, dogs and … Continue reading

Review: True Grit, 2010, dir. the Coen Brothers

Review: True Grit, 2010, dir. the Coen Brothers


True Grit— via the Coen brothers– represents a landmark in the oeuvre of Ethan and Larry as the first pure genre movie they’ve attempted together. Even Blood Simple only dabbles in genre cinema; True Grit on the other hand can (and arguably should) be treated and appreciated as an uncomplicated and honest contemporary Western movie. … Continue reading

Review: I Saw the Devil, 2011, dir. Ji-woon Kim

Review: I Saw the Devil, 2011, dir. Ji-woon Kim


It’s hard to talk about the New Wave of South Korean cinema without at the very least touching on revenge pictures. Blame Chan-wook Park;  his vengeance trilogy represents three of the best-received South Korean pictures released during the movement’s surge in the early-to-mid 2000s, and Park himself stands out as arguably the most talked about … Continue reading