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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: John Carter, 2012, dir. Andrew Stanton

Review: John Carter, 2012, dir. Andrew Stanton


Watching Andrew Stanton’s adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ seminal science fiction pulp novel, A Princess of Mars— here blandly labeled John Carter— is equivalent to a genre-fueled out of body experience. You’ve seen this film before. You’ve seen it in Star Wars (both the original trilogy and the prequel films), you’ve seen it in Avatar, … Continue reading

Untangling Worth and Appreciation in Film

Untangling Worth and Appreciation in Film


Not too long ago I wrote a piece about Quentin Tarantino and my personal stances on him, both as a filmmaker and as a personality in cinema, and his body of work. Specifically, I discussed at length the dichotomy I experience being both highly critical of his work while simultaneously admiring his undeniable talent behind … Continue reading

Review: Red State, 2011, dir. Kevin Smith

Review: Red State, 2011, dir. Kevin Smith


Red State may be best summed up as the type of movie made by the type of person who watches lots of movies. I’m willing to argue the point; Kevin Smith clearly has something specific on his mind that in point of fact does not refer back to movies at all, but rather the sobering realities … Continue reading

Review: 50/50, 2011, dir. Jonathan Levine

Review: 50/50, 2011, dir. Jonathan Levine


Writing a review for 50/50 presents something of a challenge to me. On one hand, I want to rave to high heavens about it; on the other, I don’t want to oversell it. Every word I write, therefore, walks a fine line between setting up unfair expectations that the film can’t hope to meet and … Continue reading

TV Review: Game of Thrones, episodes 6-8

TV Review: Game of Thrones, episodes 6-8


In this exciting installment, we discuss A Golden Crown, You Win or You Die, and The Pointy End. With episodes six, seven, and eight of Game of Thrones, Benioff and Weiss have brought out the proverbial fan, ostensibly so that the shit introduced in the above trifecta of episodes has something to hit. And hit … Continue reading

A Life In Movies Blogathon

A Life In Movies Blogathon


For those who have read this blog for a while (or who have read it very thoroughly in a minute passage of time), my interest in defining films that are personal and unique to my individual identity and perspective as a cineaste should be well known from my (admittedly minimal) Movies That Matter series to … Continue reading

…And the Nominees Are: Oscar Follow-Up

…And the Nominees Are: Oscar Follow-Up


What makes the efforts of one director superior to those of another? If one person wins Best Director, does it stand to reason that they should also win Best Picture? I had these two questions– and sub-questions pertaining to both, as well as variations on each of said questions– rolling around in my head after … Continue reading

Review: Black Swan, 2010, dir. Darren Aronofsky

Review: Black Swan, 2010, dir. Darren Aronofsky


Black Swan could almost be called The Wrestler 2 despite not featuring strapping, muscle-bound men in tights and torn jeans beating each other with their fists and the occasional piece of hardware in bouts with predetermined outcomes; Darren Aronofsky here uses the lens of ballet to continue examining the lengths performance artists will go to, … Continue reading

Movies That Matter: The Boondock Saints

Movies That Matter: The Boondock Saints


There shouldn’t be any lead-in toward my feelings on this movie, so I’ll just say it: I absolutely loathe The Boondock Saints. Like, really, really hate it. It is not by any stretch of the means the worst or most incompetent movie that I’ve seen, but without a doubt one of the vilest and most … Continue reading

Andrew’s Top 10 of 2010 (pt.1)

Andrew’s Top 10 of 2010 (pt.1)


It’s that time of year (hey, at least it’s closer to that time of year than I was last January)– time for me to pontificate about which films released in 2010 tickled my fancy enough to be worthy of placement on my top ten list. I had a rough time with this year, personally; I’m … Continue reading

Movies That Matter: Introduction


Driving home from work the other day, I plugged my iPod into my tape adapter (you read me right) and slowly cycled through the albums stored on that most ingenious (and simultaneously nefarious) of inventions, painstakingly considering each record in an effort to pick out which album made the most sense as the soundtrack for … Continue reading

Review: Shutter Island, 2010, dir. Martin Scorsese


(Warning: The following review delves ever so slightly into spoiler territory, so you may wish to avoid reading this if you haven’t watched the movie yet.) And for his next trick, Martin Scorsese does his very best M. Night Shyamalan impression and tries his hand at the horror genre. Shutter Island, by all means, isn’t … Continue reading

Review: The Social Network, 2010, dir. David Fincher


Announcement to Jesse Eisenberg: From henceforth you are no longer allowed to work with writers whose names are not Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin, known throughout his career for engineering propulsive and mercurial dialogue, possesses a style almost tailor-made for Eisenberg’s precipitative speech patterns. Throughout The Social Network‘s two hour running time Eisenberg seems to be the … Continue reading

Review: Monsters, 2010, dir. Gareth Edwards


In Monsters, the debut picture of newcomer Gareth Edwards, colossal alien beasts roam the lands south of the US/Mexico border after landing on Earth six years ago. The territory they inhabit, stretching south from the border through much of northern Mexico, has been deemed the “infected zone” and is considered hostile for human beings to … Continue reading

Review: The Town, 2010, dir. Ben Affleck


The Town serves as a direct competition between Ben Affleck, actor, and Ben Affleck, director, in a bid to determine which of the two stands out as the dominant personality. Anyone who saw 2007’s Gone Baby Gone already can guess that the latter incarnation of the Cambridge-born Affleck emerges victorious, and if anything, The Town … Continue reading