The Setting Of [Prisoners]

During my first watch, I didn’t notice if Prisoners stated it was located in a certain town or city or state, and I didn’t feel any need to go back and check. The setting spoke for itself, lending weight to the story without any overt mention of how that area’s way of life could add to theContinue reading “The Setting Of [Prisoners]”

Is Ivan Drago Overhyped? [Rocky IV]

Ivan Drago is often revered as Rocky’s most feared opponent, living in infamy as the man who killed Apollo Creed and as one of the greatest boxers of all time. And yet… I’m not sold. I’m not. I don’t think Drago was that great of a boxer. I don’t even think he was Rocky’s greatestContinue reading “Is Ivan Drago Overhyped? [Rocky IV]”

Can We Talk About [Vice]?

Something’s been bothering me this whole movie, and I just figured it out… I loved Vice, but it seemed to slip by everyone in the movie world, raising some hackles, receiving some congratulations, but generally untouched, like a film leper. …the whole thing’s liberal. It’s got a liberal bias. So I wanted to talk about whyContinue reading “Can We Talk About [Vice]?”

Dream Levels and Spaces [Inception]

Inception, quite obviously, is all about dreams. Dreams so real they consume and become the abstract place you occupy, so well-conceived people can walk through them and not notice a difference from the world, so meticulous they can convince people they are reality.  These dreams free up director Christopher Nolan to conjure moments in a movieContinue reading “Dream Levels and Spaces [Inception]”

On Trial [The King’s Speech] vs [The Social Network] (Best Picture)

One of the best conversations in film is debating ‘who should have won.’ In these posts we going revisit the great award debates, and decide, in hindsight, who should’ve won. One of my favorite years for Best Picture nominees was 2011. I wouldn’t argue it had the best movies out of any year, but theyContinue reading “On Trial [The King’s Speech] vs [The Social Network] (Best Picture)”

May You Live Forever [300]

300, on the surface, is a muscled up, no nonsense, punch you in the nose, energy filled, masculine head-trip. But the movie is based on Greek history and as such it borrows from the heart and learning that was so important in Greek oral storytelling.  So there is real depth to a seemingly shallow and muscle-boundContinue reading “May You Live Forever [300]”

Can We Talk About [Fight Club]?

How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight? I know this title is in poor standing with the first two rules of Fight Club, but I started a series a while back called ‘Can we talk about [blank]?’ where we have conversations about movies with no clear topic inContinue reading “Can We Talk About [Fight Club]?”

[Tenet] Release Date: A Christopher Nolan Production

In case you haven’t heard, Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s new film, is now set to be released on July 31st (for now). The waffling and wavering of when Tenet will be released amidst a movie theater shutdown has been one of the few pieces of movie news worth discussing. It is either that or the sporadic release of decent VOD films,Continue reading “[Tenet] Release Date: A Christopher Nolan Production”

An Ode to Babu Frik: Hey-HEYYYY [Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker]

When to talk like Babu Frik When walking into a room and introducing yourself… “Hey-HEYYYYY” After completing a task… “Hey-HEYYYYY” When someone is doing something wrong… “Hey-HEYYYYY” As a pick-up line… “Hey-HEYYYYY” When celebrating… “Hey-HEYYYYY” When destroying Palpatine’s clone army… “Hey-HEYYYYY” When not to talk like Babu Frik At a funeral… “Hey-HEYYYYY” When comforting aContinue reading “An Ode to Babu Frik: Hey-HEYYYY [Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker]”