FEUD: Bette and Joan

Here, at the outset, I will admit to the following - I was not particularly excited at the prospect of… [more]

FEUD: Bette and Joan FEUD: Bette and Joan

Commentary on Deadline Article on “Moonlight”

Yesterday, an ILC reader brought something to my attention that amazed and excited me in equal measure.… [more]

Commentary on Deadline Article on “Moonlight” Commentary on Deadline Article on "Moonlight"

Umberto D. (1952): A Lovely Introduction to Italian Neorealism

Something washed over me when I was watching Umberto D., the 1952 classic Italian neorealist film directed… [more]

Umberto D. (1952): A Lovely Introduction to Italian Neorealism Umberto D. (1952): A Lovely Introduction to Italian Neorealism

Summary Thoughts on “Logan” (2017)

This has taken way, way too long to make its way to my blog.  But it is here now so let’s have at… [more]

Summary Thoughts on “Logan” (2017) Summary Thoughts on "Logan" (2017)

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Carnival of Souls (1962), a.k.a. Why Do I Put Myself Through This? Halloween Edition

First off, Happy Halloween Night, guys and ghouls! Secondly - as the title of this post indicates - why do I do this to myself? Mind you, I really do like watching scary films, but usually in mixed company where my sheer terror can be diffused by the enjoyment of watching the film with a … [Read More...]

Kicks (2016)

Kicks (2016) has been out in cinemas for around a month, but I think it is worth a mention as it is an inspired feature film debut from of one Justin Tipping (who was also the film's co-writer alongside Joshua Beirne-Golden). With a cast that combines newcomers as well as emerging talent (Kofi … [Read More...]

NYFF54 Feature: I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Ken Loach's brilliant I, Daniel Blake is a scathing portrait of a welfare system drowning in a sea of bureaucracy. Our way into this story is through "everyman" Daniel Blake (Dave Johns), a 59-year-old Geordie (hailing from Newcastle). Recently disabled by a medical condition and unable to … [Read More...]

NYFF54 Spotlight: Moonlight (2016)

You may have noticed that recently I have not posted with the frequency I once did. Several reasons - chief among them - I am just a tad busy lately (or maybe I have stated that before). But almost more importantly, 2016 has been an odd year for me cinematically. I have generally enjoyed the films I … [Read More...]

La Belle et la Bête (2014)

When I initially endeavored to cover La Belle et la Bête (2014) I thought it would be a great idea to watch the Jean Cocteau 1946 version as a companion piece. Alas, that never happened - because - life. I would say based on this viewing, I am determined to eventually give it a look. But for now, … [Read More...]

Definitely Binge-Worthy: The Get Down (2016)

As I get my act together regarding building my television presence online (better late than never I guess), I will use this established space to wax poetic about my latest televisual, or ‘Netflix-ian’ obsession. Actually, when I think about it, this post is not that far off from the theme of my … [Read More...]

Back to School (another TCM/Ball State Course Offering)

First, it was film noir. Now we are taking a deep dive into the world of cinematic comedy. With younger people everywhere either back in school or getting very close to going back, now is an excellent time for the intellectually curious among us in the adult set to get in some learning of our … [Read More...]

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

It has been a while now and I can't remember if it was in late July or early August but yeah, I did the thing and saw Absolutely Fabulous:  The Movie (AbFab) at my local theater. Of course I am dating myself by saying I have been with this show since the early-mid 1990s. Mind you I was probably a … [Read More...]

Things I Like About Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing Star Trek Beyond. As many readers already know, instead of providing a paint-by-numbers review, I tend to lean in on just giving my reaction to the film, with the occasional reference to a plot point or detail. It is in that spirit that I provide the … [Read More...]

Must See Silent: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

I have mentioned it on several occasions in this space but it bears repeating - in recent years, I have really taken to silent films. There is something equally haunting and engaging about them that feels almost otherworldly. Anchoring our auditory senses in the experience are the musical cues, … [Read More...]

High-Rise (2015)

I think my ardent desire to catch High-Rise was inspired, in part, by my inability to catch it when it played at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. So when it was made available for rental early last month, I jumped at the opportunity, gave it a look-see and below are my impressions. First, … [Read More...]