Imagine the opportunity to go back and watch Ridley Scott's Alien, for the first time again. Willem (age 10) got his first exposure to the horrific piece of science fiction as he continues his tour through the genre with his father... More »
On International Women's Day, my girlfriend took me to see 300: Rise of an Empire. She liked the original 300 movie a lot more than I did (I didn't), but she's my girlfriend and I love her, and naturally I... More »
Aaron Paul makes his big budget big screen debut with Need For Speed, Wes Anderson's got another of his beautiful confections with Grand Budapest Hotel, and Denis Villeneuve takes a dark take on being endoubled in Toronto with Enemy.Video embedded... More »
This week, 12 Years a Slave has been released on the home-viewing platforms, hot on the heels of it winning the Best Picture Oscar. So in this week's installment of "Many Faces", I'd like to focus on the actor playing... More »
I came to True Detective late. I batch-consumed episodes 1-5 while in the midst of my own existential crisis over the course of a weekend, a couple of weeks back - which, if you're going to do this show at... More »
With The Need for Speed racing into theaters this coming Friday, March 14, it's time to revisit my favorite movies with car chases from the 1970s, a particularly rich decade for vehicular mayhem.... More »
After last week's Oscar festivities, we're back with talk of the sequel to 300, Rise of an Empire. Silly, half naked fun, but worth seeing on the big screen if you're ever going to want to.Also a brief look at... More »
It is an entirely predictable response, one that has played out so many times at this point that it has almost entirely lost its meaning in some quarters while in others it is accepted blindly as fact because, hell, if... More »
There are no two forces more fundamentally incompatible than lightweight moral outrage and Hollywood. In a way, we're already very well aware of this, eager to jump on Jared Leto for daring to besmirch his lion-tressed, doe-eyed acceptance speech with... More »
The SWAT snipers are climbing down from the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum roof, traffic is resuming its normal sluggish flow at Hollywood and Highland (the 25-foot anti-blast wall now deconstructed) and soft sobbing and the repeated mantra... More »
Lots of Oscar talk for 2014, with several live hits recording during the ceremony, including my predictions about eventual winners (not too shabby) and a summation of the night's entertainment.2013 was a hell of a year, and as I say... More »
Have you finished binge-viewing House of Cards yet? This week's entry of New To Netflix is the usual grab-bag of independent and foreign fare, speckled award winners, some cult Canadian stuff, and a couple of remakes. We start at the 2013 Cannes... More »
Love them -- for honoring the ostensible best-made movies -- or hate them -- for reducing an art form to an insufferably smug horse race -- the Academy Awards can inspire and provoke discussion about movies like nothing else. And... More »
At 61 years of age, you'd expect Liam Neeson to earn his money in serious acting dramas, picking up some extra cash with an action-y cameo or two in the next Expendables film. However, his output of the last few... More »
It took me till the second- or third-last episode of the second season of Netflix's House of Cards to really look at the series' opening credits again. They show a Washington devoid of people, a faded mausoleum of formerly tangible... More »
Look, not every flight can promise Liam Neeson will be on board as your personal air marshal, ready to kick ass as he foils an extortion plot, as in this week's Non-Stop. Without that assurance, anyone might be afraid to... More »
Kind of a dreary week, with the Pompeii failing to erupt and 3 Days To Kill a different kind of disaster. The Wind Rises hits theatres more widely, and while some adore this (last?) film by Myazaki I found it... More »
Well, boys and girls, get ready for another writers' strike. The WGA and the AMPTP (The Alliance of Mot... uh, the studios and the networks, basically) just wrapped up two weeks of negotiations on the replacement of their existing agreement,... More »
Collateral damage continues to pile up in Season 2 of House of Cards, which continues the story that began in Season 1 with nary a breath between. The series revolves around Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire Underwood... More »
As most of the world suffers through the sweltering heat of summer, we head to the bleak and wintry climes of Sweden for this month's Full Disclosure. Each month, we focus on a different filmmaking force of world cinema and tackle something from his catalogue for the very first time. Ingmar...
CHAPTER 4: STUPID FUCKING WHITE MEN DOING STUPID FUCKING WHITE MEN STUFFScott may be a lot of things. Crazy may be the first that comes to mind, but he's no liar. Unlike the mental institution that I was just released from, I was given another seventy two hour time frame,...
CHAPTER I: WHEN YOUR PSYCHIATRIST ASKS IF YOU OWN ANY GUNS, JUST SAY NO. For the next 72 hours, I'm stuck riding a freight train cross country stocked with automatic weapons and plushy toy animals designed to conceal them. I'm surrounded by a group of heavily armed David Icke worshipping crust...
"Suppose your life a folded telescope Durationless, collapsed in just a flash As from your mother's womb you, bawling, drop Into a nursing home. Suppose you crash Your car, your marriage - toddler laying waste A field of daisies, schoolkid, zit-faced teen With lover zipping up your pants in haste...
Mexico is in love with romantic comedies at the moment, according to Eric Ortiz Garcia, our correspondent in Mexico, and that includes the upcoming Casi Treinta and Amor de Mis Amores. He's already seen one, so he has comments on that, plus the trailers for both. He also has a...