Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

In a dimly lit, smoky backroom of a sleazy saloon, he commands a poker table, full of other corrupt politicians and civil servants. He smokes his cigar with singular dedication, as his beady, snake-like eyes size up his prey. His threatening words come out with a growl; this is his town, and you know it. […]

Split Second

There’s an interesting sub-genre of film noir called “atomic noir,” these were film noirs that dealt with the fear of atomic bombs and nuclear testing. The most famous of these films is probably the 1955 classic Kiss Me Deadly, directed by Robert Alrich and starring Ralph Meeker as Mike Hammer. Two years earlier, though, actor-turned-director Dick Powell […]

Calvary

“Do not despair; one of the thieves was saved. Do not presume; one of the thieves was damned.” — St. Augustine      This quote, attributed to Saint Augustine, but also said to have inspired Samuel Beckett while he wrote Waiting for Godot, is the first thing we see on the screen. We next cut […]

Transcendence

Surely, the critics and audiences had to be wrong on this one. It sounded like an intriguing premise; like The Matrix or Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the film hypothesizes what could happen if computers truly began to think for themselves. What would that mean for humanity? It has an all-star cast, it’s produced by Christopher Nolan […]

The Expendables 3

The Expendables franchise is like a smörgåsbord of mainstream action stars. When the original Expendables was released in 2010, those of us who grew up watching films like First Blood, Predator, Die Hard and Rocky IV were the first in line. Sure, it was goofy, but it was goofy in a glorious, late-eighties action movie kind of way. […]

Lord Richard Attenborough (1923-2014)

Edge of Tomorrow, or: What’s in a Name?

One of this summer’s best big-budget Hollywood films was Edge of Tomorrow, the mind-bender starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Despite the quality of the movie, it failed to find an audience. One reason was Warner Brothers just didn’t really seem to understand how to market the picture. Well, over the last week or so, […]