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…

Forgotten/Ignored Gem: The Good Thief

I’m a sucker for heist films. Why? Could be my anal-retentive nature responds to their inherently complicated, yet perfectly designed and executed, machinations. Of course, they’re fun, too, which never hurts. Frankly, I’d struggle to name … 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…

RIP Jonathan Demme!

News is spreading quickly that movie director Jonathan Demme has died to esphogeal cancer at the relatively young age of 73. Bummer. He was truly an original talent. That said, Demme’s career took … 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…

B-Movie Cult Classics Unearthed Watching Late-Night HBO in College (Pt. 5)

I’d been meaning to feature the little-known horror gem Near Dark (1987) in this series of goofy remembrances from my college days but never got around to it. Sadly, it’s taken the … 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…