No Concessions: Rational and “Irrational Man”

As literary figures go, Sherlock Holmes, birthed in 1887, has been well-served by 20th century media. Looking through my DVD and Blu-ray shelves I can find numerous good adaptations, some traditional and some free, ranging from the Basil Rathbone pictures in ...

Farkakte Film Flashback: Buggy ‘Ant-Man’ Edition

I saw “Ant-Man” over the weekend, and given the fact that advance buzz (so to speak) was iffy, I was pleasantly surprised: It was the funniest Marvel movie yet, and it fully embraces its ludicrous premise (something about being able ...

Film Review: “Trainwreck”

Mid to late summer movie releases are often peppered with non-action-adventure/comic book based films. What that means in terms pure box office economics is risk. Comic book based movies have built in audiences (so do tween/teen book trilogies), and anytime ...

DVD PREVIEW: “He’s A Bully, Charlie Brown”

Once again, the fine folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment are preparing to release another collection of Peanuts specials, but in this case, the message and the subject matter is quite timely and serious.

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Keep It To Yourself: Finding Vivian’s Copyright

A few nights past Dr. Keepit and I watched “Finding Vivian Maier,” a documentary about an unknown photographer whose street scenes, cityscapes and studies of ordinary people rival those of the great Robert Frank and Diane Arbus. Maier didn’t exhibit her ...

Blu-ray Review: “Spring”

Imagine a cross between Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise films and an old-fashioned monster movie. It may not sound compelling, but Spring, an indie darling by filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, pulls off this mash up of genres. Their film is ...

A Fan’s Notes: “Love & Mercy”

I don’t recall ever praying that filmmakers would get it right before I heard the news that a movie was going to be made about Brian Wilson’s life. After all, no musician has ever been as important to me as Brian, ...

No Concessions: “Love & Mercy”

1988’s Brian Wilson is one of my very favorite albums. Around the time of its release, I read in Rolling Stone or Variety or maybe both that a biopic was in the works, with William Hurt as Wilson, who had come ...

DVD REVIEW: Warner Bros., “Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces”

In this day and age, it’s near impossible to explain the beauty, brilliance and sheer joy of having grown up watching (and subsequently never forgetting) Warner Bros. masterful “Looney Tunes”/”Merrie Melodies” cartoons.  The genius of the writers, animators and voice ...

No Concessions: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Mad Max: Fury Road is, among other positives, a time machine for film critics of a certain age. A few minutes in and I was back in front of HBO circa 1980 watching the original Max Max (1979), probably for the ...

DVD Review: “The Cobbler” starring Adam Sandler

Count me among the lone few who liked The Cobbler; the film currently holds a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I’m unsure what critics were expecting with this lighthearted story from writer/director Tom McCarthy, perhaps something akin to his previous indie ...

No Concessions: “Maggie”

In Maggie, Arnold Schwarzenegger has a teenage daughter who’s a zombie. Not the usual, comatose-on-the-couch, waiting-for-a-boy-to-call zombie, but a zombie zombie–a victim of the “necro-ambulatory virus,” which, having ravaged our cities, is burning through the heartland, killing all plant and animal ...

Blu-ray Review: “The Babadook”

A widowed mother and her young son deal a monster haunting their every move in the frightening Australian film The Babadook.  First Time director Jennifer Kent proves to be an expert in scaring the shit out of viewers, as this is the ...

Blu-Ray Review: “Escape From New York, Collector’s Edition”

From the mid-70s to the late 80s, John Carpenter was an industry unto himself, variously writing, directing, producing, scoring and/or appearing in a string of well-executed genre entertainments that relied on atmosphere and colorful performances to make up for what they ...

Blu-ray Review: “Batman vs. Robin”

Warner Brothers continues their line of gritty, PG-13 animated films with their latest release, Batman vs. Robin. Picking up after the events of 2014’s Son of Batman, this new film finds Bruce Wayne/Batman adapting to fatherhood, having discovered that he has ...

Blu-ray Review: “Interstellar”

In a nutshell: Science fiction epic gets the science correct, but more importantly, is an emotional tearjerker that occasionally stumbles over its best intentions. Even so, it is a worthwhile viewing and a terrific entertainment.

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Film Review: “Taken 3″

Ah, Spring Break. That time when families get together to celebrate Easter or Passover, spend some quality time together, and watch Liam Neeson kick some serious ass. Wait, you don’t celebrate religious holidays? Sorry. Well, the good news there’s still Liam ...

No Concessions: “Furious Seven”

“Cars don’t fly,” Brian (Paul Walker) tells his son early on in Furious 7, which caps, if not concludes, the boxoffice phenomenon revved up by The Fast and the Furious (2001). That is, of course, a joke–shiny, expensive cars spend more ...

Blu-ray Review: “Into the Woods”

I may be in the minority amongst lovers of movie musicals, but I found the 2002 Academy Award winning Chicago to be rather flat. Rob Marshall, the director of Chicago, also helmed the Daniel Day Lewis musical Nine, which was kind ...

Pearl Jam Bring Citizen Dick To Record Store Day

If you remember the ’90s movie Singles, helmed by Cameron Crowe, you’ll recall the band Citizen Dick. Or rather, you’ll recall Pearl Jam stalwarts Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament’s implausible backstory about the band and their one hit, ...

Does The Governator Have The Right Stuff In “Maggie”?

Well before his political days, action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in a flick called End Of Days. Biblically-speaking,  the end of days is the culmination of signs and wonders speaking of the last battle of heaven and hell. One of those very ...

Film Review: “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

I’m so glad I watched Ridley Scott’s latest epic Exodus: Gods and Kings by streaming it on iTunes, because it took me three days to get through this two and a half hour movie and the freedom of a movie in ...