The F-Bomb in Film: Poetry in Profanity

It seems the Conflicted Film Snob is among the smartest people on the planet. How do I know? Because a recent study found that those with “a big vocabulary of curse … Continue Reading…

Greatest Chase Scenes, Vol. 1 (Vehicular)

If the advanced reviews and word-of-mouth are any indication, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver looks poised to be a summer sleeper. For those unfamiliar with the film, the story revolves around … Continue Reading…

The All-Time Greatest (non) Fight Scene/RIP Powers Booth

The CFL has been a little pressed for time lately, so I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. I don’t know about you, but the 1992 Kevin Costner/Whitney … Continue Reading…

Forgotten/Ignored Gem: Mountains of the Moon

Today’s release and rhapsodic reviews of The Lost City of Z (“…a miraculous movie, at once moving, intimidating, and gorgeous to behold.” — The Atlantic) have conjured memories of Mountains … Continue Reading…

Anatomy of a Scene: Rogue Nation

I know, I know—it’s been forever since I last posted. Seven months, actually, an absence no doubt weighing heavily on my vast¹ and vocal² readership. ¹ Thirty-eight; ² Zero comments But for … Continue Reading…

RIP Jon Polito!

Word on the street is that Mr. Polito succumbed to cancer today at age 65. You may not be familiar with the name, but Polito, with his compact build and unique … Continue Reading…

Golden Ear: Taylor Hackford and the Art of Popular Songs in Cinematic Mediocrity

NOTE: A slightly different version of this post first was published at FILMINQUIRY.COM, an independent film magazine. As a person who came of age in the 1980s, I was lucky enough to witness some incredible cultural, societal … Continue Reading…

Hollywood and 9/11: An Uneasy Relationship

NOTE: A slightly different version of this post first was published at FILMINQUIRY.COM, an independent film magazine. Recently, I had the chance to tour the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, which, … Continue Reading…

Forgotten Gem: Steven Soderbergh’s KING OF THE HILL

NOTE: A slightly different version of this post first was published at FILMINQUIRY.COM, an independent film magazine. Back in 1993, Steven Soderbergh, just off the disappointment that was his ambitious yet unloved second feature, Kafka, turned … Continue Reading…

Father’s Day Spectacular!

The Conflicted Film Snob shares a special bond with his father, so special, in fact, that I’ve never lied to him. Ever. Because of the bond. The power of which … Continue Reading…