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…

Four Sublime Weeks in 1994

No, I’m not about to describe some long-ago fling so get your mind out of the gutter. Rather, I’m going to wax nostalgic about the incredibly fecund 28-day period in the fall … Continue Reading…

Forgotten/Ignored Gems #4 – War Correspondent Edition

Back on April 18, 1945, as the Battle of Okinawa raged in WWII’s Pacific Theatre, arguably the most beloved reporter in the field, Ernie Pyle, was felled by enemy fire. Nine years later, while covering the First Indochina … Continue Reading…

The Mysterious Disappearance of Roland Joffé

Let’s pretend for a moment that you didn’t pass high-school English by the skin of your teeth and you actually spent some quality time with the poems of Emily Dickinson, specifically … Continue Reading…

A Small Medical Emergency…

A minor medical scare this past weekend has resulted in the hospitalization of the Conflicted Film Snob, a shocking turn of events considering the robustness of health he felt getting … Continue Reading…

Purple Rain Revisited

The untimely passing of Prince has offered up one bittersweet positive: various movie-theater chains are showing a limited engagement of Purple Rain (1984) on the big screen. Back in the fall … Continue Reading…

Rooftop Spectacular!

The Conflicted Film Snob is getting a new roof today. That’s the good news. The bad new (in addition to the financial outlay) is that the noise is unbelievably distracting, as … Continue Reading…