Sayonara, Summer!

The Big Boys By Robert Hamer And so the summer flies by, and we Oscar prognosticators can steel ourselves for the “real” contenders to roll out over the fall and winter months.  But as we look forward to how this season shapes up, what can we take from this year’s summer slate?  What interesting events […]

On Racism and The Help

  There isn’t much that I can say about Tate Taylor’s hit social message drama The Help from a pure critical standpoint that hasn’t already been said.  My own reaction is south of my colleague Mike’s review, but the film is not quite “bad.”  I can’t exactly champion a film with such an overlong running […]

Top Ten Patriotic Films

To commemorate the 235th Independence Day of the United States, I decided to celebrate the films that have done the most to invoke feelings of pride in our country.  Patriotism, to me, is not defined within the confines of a partisan philosophy or simplistic nationalism.  True patriots are loyal not to an individual or political […]

Under the Circuit: Guy Pearce

Born: October 5, 1967 Place: Cambridgeshire, England Major Awards and Citations: Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast of 2008 (The Hurt Locker) Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor of 2001 (Memento) San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor of 2001 (Memento) SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in […]

Cannes Post-Mortem

So the most prestigious film festival in the world is over, the prizes have been handed out, and all of the pundits are abuzz about how this ties into the Oscar season.  So to repeat a question that some readers have posited on this very site: is The Tree of Life the new Oscar frontrunner? […]

Michael Fassbender: A Star Is Born

 This weekend is the release of X-Men: First Class, a prequel of sorts to the original X-Men trilogy most of us grew up with the past decade.  Reviews have been surprisingly positive considering the hole dug by X-Men: The Last Stand and Cumbersome Franchise Title: Wolverine, but praise has especially been heaped on its star […]

The Curious Case of Michael Bay

Another summer, another Michael Bay movie.  Or perhaps vice versa is more appropriate?  After all, he appears to have marketed himself successfully as the King of the Summer; indeed, I can’t name anyone else compacting all of the elements of the typical “turn off your brain” summer flick into a single 2+ hour experience more […]

TV Review: Mildred Pierce (***)

So now the five-part Mildred Pierce saga is over, and after its utterly fantastic conclusion had settled for me, I have to admit a slight tinge of disappointment at the series as a whole.  Now, clearly a three-star miniseries (borderline three-and-a-half) is nothing to sneer at, and I am still glad I took this journey.  […]

Don’t Be Fooled

I’m guessing – based on its box office take – that at least some of you saw The Hangover: Part II.  Which means that you also saw the teaser trailer for David Fincher’s highly anticipated remake of the hit Swedish film based on the megahit crime novel series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (or […]