Going the distance, via a different route.
Read all about new Blu-rays and DVDs.
Observations as Bond 24 goes down.
Good grief, Charlie Brown–you’re CGI and 3D.
Cowboys and cannibals jump-start Halloween.
Steven Spielberg has made defining movies about the Civil War (Lincoln) and World War II (Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List) but the Cold War eludes his grasp in Bridge of Spies, his fourth film to star Tom Hanks. Structured around the construction of the Berlin Wall, Bridge of Spies ends, metaphorically and too easily, with its fall. Lacking the urgency of Munich (2005) and its forward-thinking topicality, the film is more of a museum piece, closer in effect to Amistad (1997). It is, to be sure, a very handsome exhibit. Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski’s preferred blown-out style of lighting transforms actual locations and the fabrications by Adam Stockhausen (The Grand Budapest Hotel) into splendid period sets, a chess board for spy games that begin in 1957 Brooklyn. Spielberg’s command of
Balancing art and commerce at the New York Film Festival.
Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt enter no man’s land.
A mountain of trouble.
A deal with a devilish Johnny Depp.
Blu-rays for dog days.
Lily Tomlin, Evel Knievel, and other tough cookies.
Saddle up for Criterion Collection Blu-rays including The Black Stallion>.
Mr. Holmes, Woody Allen, and some of my favorite movies of the year now on home video.
A bumpy ride through Jurassic World.
The ultimate thrill ride.
Arnold walks with a zombie.
One last ride.
Let’s crack this thing wide open.
From Zero Theorem to 101 Dalmatians on Blu-ray and DVD.
Six shots at Oscar gold.
Since I didn’t do this last year, I’m throwing my hat in with every one of the fine folks here at Popdose as 2014 was one of the most interesting, diverse and fruitful years – especially musically. So rather than pontificate on the “why”, etc., I’m going to jump right in with both feet and revisit some of the music, et al., that stood out for me from January to now…: Albums by “new(er)” artists: LITTLE CHIEF: Lion’s Den This wonderful, solid piece of work is the debut album from a recently-formed band out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. I was immediately drawn into its warm, almost-understated production; the sharp on-pointness of the harmonies and the lushness of the arrangements. Rarely have I ever been so moved immediately but Lion’s Den has lived with me from the first listen. JIMMY STEPHENS JR & THE BLUES CITY ROAD DOGS: Road Ready The most explosive, pure rock & roll album to enter my consciousness in years. Jimmy Stephens, Jr. is as fine a singer, songwriter, bass player (and guitarist) …
Jeepers creepers, Tim Burton’s focused on some really large peepers.
The tank stops here. Have the terrorists won?
Helen Mirren serves up Criterions and killer shrews, with a side of Ghibli, on home video.
Sure, the government’s a mess, the environment is spiraling out of control and American cities are actually burning. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take time to consider some of the reasons we all have to be thankful. So everyone, please put down your torches and pitchforks long enough to appreciate the following blessings: 1) Your job doesn’t require you to balance anything on Kim Kardashian’s big shiny butt. 2) You’re not married to Robin Thicke, probably. At least not anymore. 3) Statistically, if you get pulled over by a police officer you still have a very good chance of not being shot to death. No matter what Nancy Grace says. 4) You’re not on Nancy Grace. 5) You’re not a Red Sox fan. Oh, you are? Er, sorry. 6) You weren’t in the last “Expendables” movie. Oh, you were? Er, sorry. 7) You didn’t let yourself get too attached to “Selfie.” 8) Your professional success doesn’t rely on cooperation from the Republican Party. 9) You didn’t have everything riding on that damn Benghazi report. 10) You …
Maleficent, Macbeth, and monsters for Halloween.
With co-writer Bob Gale as my wingman.
Murder, mayhem, and Whiplash in New York.
A Marvel-ous week for new releases.