I’m a big Pixar fan. Have been for a long time. Basically every Pixar movie I’ve seen has either been good, great, or fantastic. They have no duds… so far, anyway. If you read or hear interviews with the creators at Pixar, you’ll often hear that the most important process in creating a movie is… Continue reading Disappointed with the way Pixar’s storytelling is going
After not seeing a movie in the theater in what felt like forever (my wife and I are movie buffs), we finally saw two in one weekend—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Hot Tub Time Machine. Both movies surprised me. The former surprised me with how serious, disturbing, and graphic it was. I knew… Continue reading Misogyny hits the cinema
Spoiler Warning: If you want to eventually see Avatar or Inglorious Bastards, I reveal plot details here. There has been quite a bit written about James Cameron’s Avatar. Here are two examples: Annalee Newitz’s “When Will White People Stop Making Movies Like Avatar?” Ariel Boone’s “Avatar: Count the ‘isms’” I get it. I understand all… Continue reading Cinema Rewriting History
I remember when Memento came out and everyone was telling me how amazing a film it was. I was sorely disappointed. I found it trite, and the whole film-in-reverse-chronology gimmick’s novelty wore off quickly. Then Batman Begins came out. Same deal. Everyone said it was amazing. I thought it was a disgrace to the Batman… Continue reading Christopher Nolan finally living up to the hype
As you may know if you’ve read my post from four years ago “Subversive” Saved!? I get annoyed when people use the word subversive inappropriately. Well, I just saw a movie called For the Bible Tells Me So, and I have to say it’s pretty subversive. Unlike Jesus Camp and Hell House, this film doesn’t… Continue reading For the Bible Tells Me So documentary is subversive
I know I’m in the minority opinion on this one, but I found Wall-E disappointing. It wasn’t a bad movie. I don’t think it’s possible for Pixar to make a bad movie. It was, however, disappointing. See, what’s great about Pixar movies is the whole package. Pixar movies (Wall-E excluded) tend to have it all.… Continue reading Wall-E doesn’t live up to Pixar’s usual standards
The New York Daily News recently published this article: ‘Wanted’ man Roman Polanski dodges legal bullet. Let me translate some chunks for you. Polanski was, and remains, a brilliant film director. But to many people, particularly in America, he is most famously remembered for fleeing the country after pleading guilty to “unlawful sexual intercourse” with… Continue reading Raping 13-year-olds is now okay. Thanks, Roman!
I always read film reviews. Sometimes I read them beforehand to try to gauge whether I want to see the film or not. Other times, I go into the film blindly and then read the reviews afterwards to see if they would have helped me to decide on whether to see it or not. In… Continue reading Persepolis is Personal