Are you ready for the heresy? I don’t like Gone with the Wind. Oh, I respect it and its place in movie history, but some things just don’t do it for some people and four hours of Southern melodrama doesn’t do it for me. Perhaps that is because four hours of Southern melodrama, to me, represents…..one sixth of a normal day. At any rate, why am I featuring the film if I don’t like it? It was my wife’s favorite movie, and yesterday the site was dark because it was the one-year anniversary of her passing.
I have watched, with the exception of The Lord of the Rings, more “making of” features for GWTW than any other movie in history. I know an unholy amount of triva about it. The first Christmas present I bought my wife was a signed photo of Olivia de Havilland from the film. Point being: if it was going to catch on with me it would have, but that’s not why we’re featuring it today. It’s most iconic (and scandalous at the time) line is still known by pretty much everyone who goes to movies, and after 80 years, that should answer the question as to whether classic films will stand the test of time like fine literature does. This one is for my wife (and she is completely as incensed in Heaven as one can be for not being able to write it herself) and for a film that has lived on as an American institution since before the second World War.
With the release of the 24th film in cinema’s most prodigious franchise only a month away, the time has come to hash out who is the best Bond of them all? Six men have worn the Q-enhanced tux of 007; from Sean Connery in Dr. No to Daniel Craig in SPECTRE. Which of them has best embodied Ian Fleming’s creation? Vote NOW! This poll will self-destruct in (oops, sorry, wrong spy franchise).
I’m a space geek. Some people think NASA and space exploration is an ungodly waste of time and money and I’m one of those people who think those people are an ungodly waste of time and money (I’ll let that settle). The Martian by Andy Weir was 2014’s best book, fantastic science fiction and I have been vocally concerned at its rush to the screen by Ridley Scott. Ridley, long one of my favorite directors, hasn’t connected in about a decade, so even with favorable reviews, I went in a little nervous. No need. This is Scott’s best picture since 2001’s Black Hawk Down, one of the best science fiction films in recent memory and one of the best films of 2015. Continue reading Movie Review: The Martian (2015) *Ridley Gets It Right!*→
I thought Birdman was more an achievement in directing than a great motion picture (for which Alejandro Innaritu was rewarded with an Oscar), but these days Leonardo DiCaprio is on such a roll picking roles that I’m in on this. The first trailer didn’t really reveal much about the plot, but this revenge story with DiCaprio vs. Hardy with gorgeous shots of the Old West as a backdrop, has me looking forward to seeing the full effort. Revenant opens in limited release Christmas Day and wide January 6, 2016.
Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT captures one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.
There are a lot of big movies coming out this week and in the weeks to come. I hope, in all of that, word of mouth and critical acclaim gets people out to see director Denis Villeneueve deliver a crime drama masterpiece in Sicario. Villeneueve has shown in Prisoners and Incendies (both must-sees) that he is a savant at building tension to near-unbearable levels. In his previous films, that tension was mostly confined to interpersonal moments in small films. Sicario is a crime epic on the scale of Heat. Continue reading Movie Review: Sicario (2015) *Villeneuve Delivers a Tense Masterpiece*→