Early Review: The Adjustment Bureau

The Adjustment Bureau is this year’s Shutter Island. Let me explain.  Like Shutter Island, it backed out of its initial fall release to assume a less competitive slot in the spring. While it could have gotten lost in the saturation of Oscar season, the move to the spring makes it the cinematic equivalent of the … Continue reading

True Grit

Some interesting moral dilemmas arise in True Grit.  Is it wrong to steal from a thief?  Can retribution be found in the death of a murderer?  Justice?  Or merely punishment? That’s not to say these questions weren’t proposed by the original 1969 adaptation of the Charles Portis novel.  While many have called this new version … Continue reading

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

6/22 DVD Rundown

I haven’t been to the theater since seeing The A-Team almost two weeks ago.  I’m starting to go through withdrawals, and I can’t wait to get my beak wet with a little Knight and Day this weekend.  Anyway, here are the week’s new DVD releases, which feature two of the year’s more pleasant surprises.  Keep … Continue reading

Weekly Seven: 2010 Oscar Snubs

Each year, everyone has their complaints about the Oscar nominations.  The Academy thought they would quiet the rumblings by expanding the “Best Picture” category to ten nominees, but it really hasn’t helped much since the biggest shock (and backlash) has come with the nomination of The Blind Side for the award.  I looked elsewhere for … Continue reading

Cool Stuff: Get Gritty on Christmas 2010!

Christmas is awesome, especially at the movies.  It always manages to capture summer-caliber blockbusters and the major Oscar contenders together on the same weekend, leaving something for everyone to see.  It has just been announced that the Coen Brothers’ reimagining of True Grit has been positioned for a Christmas 2010 release.  The cast includes Jeff … Continue reading