Posted in July 2012

Go, See, Talk! Review: The Watch, 2012, dir. Akiva Schaffer

Go, See, Talk! Review: The Watch, 2012, dir. Akiva Schaffer


Is The Watch a movie about America’s immigration policies and the way that we perceive and treat immigrants, legal or not? Is The Watch a movie about what our friends and neighbors are really like on the inside? Is it about general prejudice in America? Is it at least funny? No? So…what is it? Continue reading

Aurora, Three Days Later

Aurora, Three Days Later


Seventy-two hours after James Holmes took the lives of twelve people in an Aurora movie theater, I offer my plea for proper, respectful reaction and discourse in the tragedy’s wake. What did Holmes have in mind when he attacked the Century 16? For now, it doesn’t matter. Continue reading

Review: Chronicle, 2012, dir. Josh Trank

Review: Chronicle, 2012, dir. Josh Trank


Chronicle director Josh Trank deserves unquestioned accolades if only for how deftly he weaves together two tired ideas– found footage narratives and superhero origin stories– and ends up with something fresh and engaging. Frankly, he cheats at both (though more at the former than the latter), but when your primary cast members can levitate the camera … Continue reading

20 Great Movies You (Maybe) Haven’t Seen

20 Great Movies You (Maybe) Haven’t Seen


(Note: This piece has been published over at Go, See, Talk!. Below lies only a preview of the full article. To view the full article, just click here!) Entertainment Weekly recently published their definitive guide to the 50 best movies “you’ve” never seen. Those indiscreet quotation marks have a sincere, innocent purpose; I’m genuinely not … Continue reading

Review: Savages, 2012, dir. Oliver Stone

Review: Savages, 2012, dir. Oliver Stone


The central metaphor behind Savages‘ title doesn’t play at being elusive; its dual meanings are front and center in the first act. In the conflict between independent marijuana growers Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch), and the ruthless Baja Cartel, both sides see one another as– surprise of surprises– savages, and the longer their … Continue reading

Review: Moonrise Kingdom, 2012, dir. Wes Anderson

Review: Moonrise Kingdom, 2012, dir. Wes Anderson


Moonrise Kingdom marks the most singularly Wes Andersony film of Wes Anderson’s career to date. It also represents a perfect vehicle for the quirks and tics that define his vision as a filmmaker– that impeccable and odd sense of style, seen in his set designs, costuming choices, and musical accompaniments, as well as the trademark … Continue reading