Some movies, like American Graffiti and GoodFellas transcend their immediate narratives, serving as both a quality story as well as a cinematic time capsule, a window into a specific time and place. Boyz n the Hood is one such film. It focuses on two friends growing up in South Central Los Angeles and the diverging paths their lives … Continue reading Boyz n the Hood (1991)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) - Fiercely brilliant political puzzle, following a troubled Korean War vet piece together what happened overseas as a senator's sensational Communist accusations sweep the presses. Slightly slow at times but an overall masterwork, driven by sophisticated dialogue and genuine suspense. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) - Another one … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: March 27 – April 02, 2016
Last week, I saw: The Avengers (2012) - Epic superhero tale bringing together Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America (each of whom had their own films) with Black Widow and Hawk-Eye to save the world from invaders. It got kind of spacey for me, but I liked how much time we got … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: April 10-16, 2016
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005) - Certainly the strongest of the prequel trilogy, this chapter follows the young Anakin Skywalker on his path to becoming Darth Vader. Ian McDiarmid steals the show as Senator/Emperor Palpatine in all his cackling glory. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - Spectacular sequel, with a … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: April 03-09, 2016
Beach Party (1963) - The one that started it all. Delightful pop musical introducing us to the cast of kids led by Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello in their prime, with a terrific soundtrack featuring the two leads plus Dick Dale and His Del-Tones. This isn't a masterpiece, but a wholly enjoyable piece of 1960s … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: March 20-26, 2016
Sorry I've been M.I.A. the past few weeks - been a busy time filled with work, travel, and other reverie, but hope to get back on track to a steadier post cadence. May the catch-up commence!