Tagged with shane black

Review: The Nice Guys, 2016, dir. Shane Black

Review: The Nice Guys, 2016, dir. Shane Black


What a stinker I am, all not loving this new Shane Black film that everyone else is losing their minds over. If you go see The Nice Guys, adjust your expectations first. Black’s film speaks to genre nostalgia and period nostalgia, and it rides on two great performances by its leads; it’s the kind of 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

The Cinematic Decade: My Top 25 of the 2000s (pt. 2)


This installment: Entries 20-16. Starting with: 20. Persepolis:  Visually sumptuous in the face of its stripped-down aesthetic, Persepolis is the autobiographical tale of Marjane Satrapi’s life growing  up in Iran and coming of age in the late 1970s. Told with a soft, elegant cell animated style, the film follows Marjane from her happy childhood spent … Continue reading