Beyond the Lights (2014, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood)

Gina Prince-Bythewood's third feature film, Beyond the Lights, is a contemporary love story set in the… [more]

Beyond the Lights (2014, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood) Beyond the Lights (2014, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood)

NOIRvember: Born to Be Bad (1950)

Oh, darling Christabel. Such a lovely, innocent name - but as the title of this Nicholas Ray film suggests,… [more]

NOIRvember: Born to Be Bad (1950) NOIRvember: Born to Be Bad (1950)

Interstellar (2014, dir. Christopher Nolan)

The "Dust Bowl" has gone global. Mankind is on the brink of extinction. Underground NASA scientists have… [more]

Interstellar (2014, dir. Christopher Nolan) Interstellar (2014, dir. Christopher Nolan)

Scary Movie, Part I: The Innocents (1961)

This post is the first in my two-part Scary Movie(s) series to "honor" the rapidly-approaching Halloween… [more]

Scary Movie, Part I: The Innocents (1961) Scary Movie, Part I: The Innocents (1961)

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NOIRvember: Born to Be Bad (1950)

Oh, darling Christabel. Such a lovely, innocent name - but as the title of this Nicholas Ray film suggests, you were Born to Be Bad. Sure, this one borders more on the melodramatic (very familiar territory for lead actress Joan Fontaine), but that is what makes it so fun to watch. It is … [Read More...]

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Beyond the Lights (2014, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood)

Gina Prince-Bythewood's third feature film, Beyond the Lights, is a contemporary love story set in the frenzied world of popular music. Rising star Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) feels overwhelmed by the trappings of her meteoric rise to fame. She has what everyone imagines they want, but really it isn't … [Read More...]

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NOIRvember Feature: Leave Her To Heaven (1945)

I guess it is something that for my first feature (Leave Her to Heaven) during NOIRvember I choose a vibrant Technicolor film, which in my estimation at least is loosely noir, and borders more on the melodramatic. I  fact I often wonder if this film were shot in black and white, would I be so … [Read More...]

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Interstellar (2014, dir. Christopher Nolan)

The "Dust Bowl" has gone global. Mankind is on the brink of extinction. Underground NASA scientists have devised a Plan A and a Plan B .... ... that is where I will start with Christopher Nolan's latest feature Interstellar.   I was having a hard time deciding where to start with … [Read More...]

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NYFF 52 in the Rearview: While We’re Young (2014)

(Sorry this one has been sitting in the draft folder for a minute ...) For the final recap of my 2014 New York Film Festival experience, I would like to discuss Noah Baumbach's latest feature, While We're Young. The ensemble cast is led by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle aged couple, … [Read More...]

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NYFF52 in the Rearview: Mr. Turner (2014)

Mike Leigh's latest feature, Mr. Turner is a wonderfully evocative biopic about the life of English painter J.M.W Turner (1775-1851), played by Timothy Spall (Cannes Film Festival Award winner, Best Actor). Many art enthusiasts may know the name not only for the work the landscape artist produced … [Read More...]

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NYFF 52 in the Rearview: Life of Riley (2014)

The final film of renowned French filmmaker Alain Resnais (Hiroshima mon amour, Night and Fog), Life of Riley is adapted from the play Alan Ayckbourn’s of the same name. It tells the story of a group of friends coming to terms with the imminent passing of one of their own, the unseen George … [Read More...]

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Scary Movie(s), Part 2: Friends and Family Edition

For the second part of my Scary Movie series, I decided to poll and troll those who are nearest and dearest to me, with the promise that their individual responses would be protected by anonymity. I posed the very basic question to them: Select a scary movie that you "love" and describe in a … [Read More...]

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NYFF52 in the Rearview: Maps to the Stars (2014)

A little late but, alas, there is a lot to say about my adventures at Lincoln Center for the 52 annual New York Film Festival. I start with my take on David Cronenberg's latest feature - Maps to the Stars. Penned by Bruce Wagner (an L.A. native), this film is a cutting satire about Hollywood and … [Read More...]

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Scary Movie, Part I: The Innocents (1961)

This post is the first in my two-part Scary Movie(s) series to "honor" the rapidly-approaching Halloween festivities. Today I will offer for your consideration a frightfully classic Gothic ghost story - The Innocents, a British production from the year 1961. Originally released in the UK release … [Read More...]

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Personal Commentary: Taking a Critical Look …

Editor's Note: Sorry ahead of time for the lack of coherence in this post. Just decided to have a brain dump :) Oftentimes I find myself examining how (and why) I look critically at the films I watch. Even though I am still rather "consumer-selective;" as a result, I am naturally able to … [Read More...]