My Chicago International Film Festival recap

In case you’re wondering why updates have been few and far between, it’s because I just ended my stint working for the Chicago International Film Festival.  For the past month I have been working roughly 60-hour weeks, and today is my first day off in about a month.  It’s been a lot of fun though, … Continue reading

Stuff I’ve Been Watching Lately

I haven’t done a “quick thoughts” post in a while, so here’s a massive post to keep you up to date on the stuff I’ve been watching at home lately.  Sorry, no pictures. The Square (Nash Edgerton, 2008):  This is a solid neo-noir from Australia.  If you are a fan of the genre like I … Continue reading

New on DVD: Repo Men and Clash of the Titans

A couple of mediocre actioners hit the shelves this week.  One looks to the future, the other remembers the past. Repo Men: Unrated (Miguel Sapochnik) With Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Alice Braga and Liev Schreiber. This is a hard movie for me to rate.  On one hand, this is a movie I found myself getting … Continue reading

Hidden Gems: Blindness

Blindness (Fernando Meirelles, 2008) With Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Gael Garcia Bernal and Danny Glover. I would call this film a successful foray into crossing an art film with a more mainstream one (although its $3 million domestic box-office makes me lean more toward the former).  Let’s call it the Cyrus of apocalyptic storytelling. … Continue reading

7/20 DVD Rundown

I pay no attention to politics and know little about American history, yet I found this to be an especially fascinating documentary.  It received a well-deserved Oscar nomination in the documentary feature category, where it lost to the even more stellar The Cove (see it if you haven’t). Playing more like a heist thriller than … Continue reading

AFI 100 Progress: Tootsie

“I don’t believe in hell. I believe in UNEMPLOYMENT, but not hell.” Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982) With Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr and Bill Murray. For my money, acting doesn’t get any better than what Dustin Hoffman was able to accomplish between 1967 (The Graduate) and 1989 (Rain Man), and anything following that is … Continue reading

7/13 DVD Rundown

Plenty of choices this week, but the best options are the ones you likely haven’t heard much about… The Greatest (Shauna Feste, 2009) With Pierce Brosnan, Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon, Aaron Johnson, Johnny Simmons and Michael Shannon. This movie got the ol’ Montreal Screwjob back in April when its distributer dumped it into 19 measly … Continue reading

Foreign Flicks: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Niels Arden Oplev, 2009) With Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the first in the series of film adaptations based on the massively popular “Millenium Trilogy” of novels by Stieg Larsson, which unfortunately I have not yet read.  Judging the film based solely … Continue reading

7/6 Tuesday Oopsies

I usually weigh in on the new DVD releases every Tuesday.  I was busy yesterday and I forgot, so here are my thoughts for those of you who care. Brooklyn’s Finest is a really good movie.  I’m not sure why it was handed such a mixed bag from critics, but I enjoyed it a lot. … Continue reading

AFI 100 Progress: Chinatown

“All right, Curly.  Enough’s enough.  You can’t eat the Venetian blinds.  I just had them installed on Wednesday.” Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974) With Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston and Burt Young. I finally got around to watching this classic straight-through after only seeing bits and pieces of it on several occasions, and that’s really … Continue reading