Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Can you make a good movie from a bad script? Yes, and that movie is called Zero Dark Thirty. Most of the film is the informative, though poorly told, story of a young woman at the CIA whose job and obsession is to find Osama Bin Laden. We are given vital pieces of information, and … Continue reading Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

In a ho-hum year for American cinema, Silver Linings Playbook gleams out of the dull woodwork as a modest film about people with modest ambitions, told at such a painfully honest level that it rises above as the best film of 2012. The straightforward narrative, of a middle-aged man living with his parents and dealing with bipolar … Continue reading Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

The Young Don’t Cry (1957)

The Young Don’t Cry is a surprisingly ahead-of-its-time coming of age film, with a message less of faith in humanity and more of trusting one’s own instincts. To be honest, I watched this specifically because it stars Sal Mineo, one of my favorite 1950s teen idols. He gives a fantastic performance as a teenaged orphan … Continue reading The Young Don’t Cry (1957)