Monthly Archives: January 2015

American Sniper

American Sniper left me with an unclean feeling. Before I talk about the directing, the performances, the cinematography or any other aspect regarding the film; I have to say that this movie made me feel icky. It takes a certain kind of true story, and distorts and twists the perspective and personality of its real-life […]

Selma

I was a little irritated at first when the elderly couple sat two seats away from me. The theater was empty, after all, plenty of room, don’t need to sit right next to the only person in the audience. After a few quiet moments, we talked a bit. I mentioned how much I had been […]

The Equalizer

So, what’s your favorite action movie cliche? Frankly, there’s so many to choose from. I’m partial to several, like how about the talking villain trope; that’s where the villain has the hero cornered, and instead of killing him, the villain just talks and talks thereby giving the hero the upper hand. Or, have you ever noticed how […]

Top Five

Chris Rock is one of the funniest people in America, but, for some reason, he’s never quite made that big of an impression as a film performer. He gave strong supporting performances in Dogma and Nurse Betty, and I’m a fan of his 2003 Head of State (which he also wrote and directed), but too much […]

There and Back Again and Again and Again — Thoughts on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

I think one of the most telling aspects regarding the third installment in director Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy is the title itself. Originally, the film was called The Hobbit: There and Back Again, a title that perfectly captured the flavor of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, and was a nod to Bilbo’s adventures. Then, either Jackson or the studio […]