Marriage Story is a Glorious and Candid Tribute to Love

I arrived at the theater alone, bought my ticket, and took my seat. Nitehawk Cinema, the Prospect Park location, is the kind of theater that serves food and drinks and the chairs are set up in pairs, each pair sharing a mini table. I usually see movies alone, so this wasn’t the first time the… Continue reading Marriage Story is a Glorious and Candid Tribute to Love

What is Cinema? My Public Disagreement with Martin Scorsese

… the best superhero (and action) films have been by auteur directors and did have real risks and consequences … Logan, The Dark Knight, Joker and even Tim Burton’s Batman from 1989 were all very big risks, and transcend the “Marvel” problem Scorsese is talking about … Scorsese has made a decision — based on his age (he actually pretty much says this in his OpEd piece) and his prejudices — to discard and entire segment of films.

Us and The Beach Bum are Two Films in Dialogue

*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Us and The Beach Bum* Last weekend I saw Us and this week I saw The Beach Bum, and while these were both movies I have been anticipating I did not expect them to be in dialogue with one another. Watching any two movies in quick succession leads to comparison, but… Continue reading Us and The Beach Bum are Two Films in Dialogue

Is Vice a Bad Film? Or is it Not Trying to be a Film?

Adam McKay’s film Vice follows the life and political career of Vice President Dick Cheney, and it has been received with truly polarized reactions. The success of The Big Short was so resounding that I almost forgot that before that movie McKay films were gonzo comedies starring Will Ferrell. Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, and The… Continue reading Is Vice a Bad Film? Or is it Not Trying to be a Film?

The Cloverfield Paradox: In Space, No One Can Hear You “Meh”

Before its release, monster movie Cloverfield announced its presence as a trailer before Transformers. Shaky footage of New York being destroyed by some unseen foe followed by, not a title, but simply the date “1-18-08”. 10 Cloverfield Lane, filmed in secret, appeared on the radar with a trailer less than three months before the film’s… Continue reading The Cloverfield Paradox: In Space, No One Can Hear You “Meh”

Guy Maddin Remakes Vertigo and Recreates a City in The Green Fog

I saw Guy Maddin’s new film one day after learning it existed. I’m a big fan of Guy Maddin, The Saddest Music in the World and My Winnipeg are two of the most fascinating and beautiful movies I’ve ever seen. I was excited when I read that his latest film, The Green Fog, is a… Continue reading Guy Maddin Remakes Vertigo and Recreates a City in The Green Fog