All posts tagged "cinema"
CINEMA: Ethereal Girl
Terrence Malick explores souls seemingly without bodies in Song to Song. JACKSON HOLE, WY – A week before I sat down for Terrence Malick’s Song to Song, I tweeted, “Like bebop, I see Terrence Malick’s oeuvre as...
- Posted March 21, 2017
CINEMA: Ape-ocalypse Now
Kong: Skull Island brings Vietnam to a war against monsters. JACKSON HOLE, WY – What’s the big surprise of Kong: Skull Island? No, it’s not a secret sequel to Peter Jackson’s 2005 film King Kong; the two...
- Posted March 8, 2017
CINEMA: Rage Before Beauty
Logan takes the Wolverine to a darker place. JACKSON HOLE, WY – If there was any reason to suspect that co-writer/director James Mangold was going to deliver just another adventure for the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in Logan,...
- Posted March 1, 2017
CINEMA: Guess Who’s Coming to Die Here
Get Out offers satirical horror on race in the suburbs. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Get Out plays as a feature-length version of the not-quite-joking sentiment among African Americans that the suburbs—what with their overwhelming whiteness and cultural...
- Posted February 21, 2017
CINEMA: Christmas Stalkings
Holiday horror flicks help counterbalance the joy of the season. JACKSON HOLE, WY – What’s to love about Christmas? The rampant commercialization? The long shopping lines and traffic that result from said commercialization? Or putting up with relatives...
- Posted November 30, 2016
Finding Dory imparts important lessons on young viewers but lacks Pixar’s originality. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Preceding Finding Dory, as has been tradition with Pixar’s animated features, there’s a short film as a kind of cinematic appetizer....
- Posted June 14, 2016
CINEMA: The Rule of Threes
X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t even try to be anything but more of the same. JACKSON HOLE, WY – There’s a snarky in-joke in X-Men: Apocalypse that ends up backfiring about as spectacularly as a snarky in-joke can. Taking...
- Posted May 24, 2016
CINEMA: Demolished Expectations
‘Demolition’ self-destructs with disingenuous moments. JACKSON HOLE, WY – There comes a moment in some movies—a moment that any real movie-lover hopes never to have—that I will refer to henceforth as The Moment of Nope. It can...
- Posted April 5, 2016
CINEMA: Beasts of One Notion
‘Zootopia’ depends entirely on its well-intentioned allegory about prejudice. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Spoiler alert: “Zootopia” is about prejudice, and how prejudice is bad. And I suppose there’s more than touch of sarcasm in the inclusion of...
- Posted March 1, 2016
CINEMA: Master of Puppets
Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ searches for humanity through stop-motion figurines. Michael Stone (David Thewlis), the protagonist of “Anomalisa,” is in many ways a very ordinary man. He may be successful in his field—the author of a popular how-to...
- Posted January 19, 2016