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Race Relations In Film

Race Relations In Film


“Why can’t we all just get along? It should be easier than easy to vibe with people from other backgrounds than our own; there should be no obstacles or roadblocks segregating us or just plain old keeping us divided. But it’s 2015, and racial harmony is still a distant dream the whole world over. Whether … Continue reading

Review: Cesar Chavez, 2014, dir. Diego Luna

Review: Cesar Chavez, 2014, dir. Diego Luna


Too many contemporary biopics consciously and repeatedly make the same mistake: they struggle in vain to dilute the whole of their subjects’ lives into two hour chunks of running time, and they often end up scattered, non-cohesive, and aimless as a result. It’s a dual-pronged problem of too much content being stuffed into too narrow … Continue reading

Review: 12 Years a Slave, 2013, dir. Steve McQueen

Review: 12 Years a Slave, 2013, dir. Steve McQueen


In a two hour movie brimming with finely calibrated, impeccably composed images that capture the brutal realities of America’s antebellum slave culture, a single shot of our nation’s looming capitol proves the most provocative. 12 Years a Slave, for all of its remarkable qualities, should be identified most of all as the rare movie that … Continue reading

Review: Iron Man 3, 2013, dir. Shane Black

Review: Iron Man 3, 2013, dir. Shane Black


Looking backward, there are more reasons than not to expect disappointment from Iron Man 3. For one, history shows that the third entry tends to be the worst in many franchises, a la  Return of the Jedi, The Godfather III, Infernal Affairs III, The Dark Knight Rises; for another, Shane Black’s contribution to the story of … Continue reading

Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild, dir. Benh Zeitlin

Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild, dir. Benh Zeitlin


It’s appropriate that the greatest feat Benh Zeitlin achieves in his first directorial effort, the deservedly lauded Beasts of the Southern Wild, is balance. Chief among the film’s many thematic thrusts is that of its lead’s internal musings on the interconnected nature of the universe; as seen through the eyes of the precocious Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis … 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

Review: The Five-Year Engagement, 2012, dir. Nicholas Stoller

Review: The Five-Year Engagement, 2012, dir. Nicholas Stoller


  There’s a near-fatal overload of ideas bouncing around in the hulking frame of Nick Stoller’s The Five-Year Engagement, his follow-up to 2010’s Get Him to the Greek. Primarily a comedy, the film examines not simply marriage—as the title dictates—but the reversing and alteration of gender roles in modern relationships, which I admit sounds high-minded … Continue reading

The Format Wars: Film vs. Digital

The Format Wars: Film vs. Digital


Imagine if everyone stopped filming on celluloid tomorrow and the entire world of cinema went full-on digital. Production and employment of 35mm film ceased full-stop and IMAX’s 65mm format vanished into thin air. What would that be like? How would that affect dollars and cents, the financial side of the industry? How would that impact … Continue reading

TV Review: Game of Thrones, 2.1: The North Remembers

TV Review: Game of Thrones, 2.1: The North Remembers


(Note: I feel like tagging this with spoiler warnings is unnecessary, but just in case, this is going to be very spoiler heavy. If you haven’t finished S1, stay away.) Ready for more political maneuvering, martial strategy, medieval barbarism, societal division, and steadily burgeoning elements of high fantasy? What may be somewhat startling about the … Continue reading

The ACVF Interview: Joseph Kahn Round Table

The ACVF Interview: Joseph Kahn Round Table


Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit down with three local area critics for a round table interview with the wonderfully loquacious and energetic Joseph Kahn to talk about his latest film, the genre-blender Detention. Without hesitation, I’ll say that this happens to be one of my favorite releases of the year to date, and if … Continue reading

Review: Arthur, 2011, dir. Jason Winer

Review: Arthur, 2011, dir. Jason Winer


The biggest crime committed by Jason Winer’s remake of Arthur, the 1981 Dudley Moore classic, is failing to justify its own existence. Winer clearly either isn’t particularly fond of that staple Moore picture, or he didn’t find inspiration in it; Arthur just goes through the motions, following beat after beat and sequencing from one moment to … Continue reading

Review: Haywire, 2012, dir. Steven Soderbergh

Review: Haywire, 2012, dir. Steven Soderbergh


Haywire, in its fashion, possesses many of the best qualities of its protagonist; like Mallory Kane, it’s lean, mean, efficient, and wholly focused on attaining its goals and realizing its purpose. It also teeters, occasionally, on the verge of emotional vulnerability. Neither Kane (MMA fighter Gina Carano) nor director Steven Soderbergh are especially willing to … Continue reading

2011: Retrospective, Honors, & ACVF’s Top 15 (Pt.2)

2011: Retrospective, Honors, & ACVF’s Top 15 (Pt.2)


We’re almost there– it’s down to the final ten. Starting with: 10) 13 Assassins: “While the plot that subsequently comes together falls within the bailiwick typical to most men-on-a-mission films as Shinzaemon collects his chosen warriors– a motley crew of samurai ranging in age and experience, which eventually also comes to include a hunter (Yusuke … Continue reading