Nomadland

We live in a society and a culture that is suffering averse and doesn’t have any meaningful process, system, or pathway to deal with grief. Our best advice is to tell someone “I’m here if you need to talk” or tell them to see a therapist or counselor, or basically someone else who can help …

A Hidden Life

Note: I watched this film back in April 2020, and wrote most of this then. A Hidden Life is the story of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer who refuses to pledge loyalty to the Nazi party in World War II. He does so for reasons of personal conviction and at great cost to himself, his …

Captain Marvel

For 21 movies now, Marvel has been taking us on a one-time-in-a-generation ride. If you haven’t at least been aware of what Marvel has been doing the last ten years, then the odds of you finding this blog are very slim. Its unprecedented. And I think we will look back on this time in movie …

Marvel Rewatch: Phase 2

Welcome to Phase 2! If you missed my first post, I am rewatching all 20 of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  You can see my thoughts on the MCU Phase 1 here. Honestly, I burned through these movie in Phase 2, which really varies in quality (it has the worst MCU movie …

Marvel Rewatch: Phase 1

Avengers: Endgame is coming and is an event film unlike anything in my lifetime (and I’d argue anyone’s).  It is the culmination of 21 films before it. 11 years in the making. A huge gamble that seems more like a sure thing in hindsight based on how successful the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has become. …

Some Like it Hot

Billy Wilder is one of the great American writer/directors of the 20th century. He made films like The Apartment (1960), Sunset Boulevard (1950), and Sabrina (1954), all considered to be classics. So, I found it strange that the comedy Some Like it Hot is his most revered and remembered film.   I have only seen …

Gertrud

“A man’s work and the love of a woman are mortal enemies.” That is the thesis of the 1964 Danish film Gertrud.   The film is composed of long shots, wide angles, and feels like it is taking place on a stage, much like a play. The actors are all delivering their monologues while staring …

Playtime

Playtime, the 1967 film by French comedy director Jacques Tati, might just be the first film on the Sight & Sound top 50 that I didn’t care for. How’s that for an intro?   I can appreciate how elaborate the sets are and the big vision that Tati had to maintain to complete this film, …

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

The thing I love about Taylor Sheridan as a screenwriter is that he doesn’t overdo the exposition and yet still manages to tell complex stories. He trusts the audience's intelligence, and as a result, his movies turn out to be incredibly complex character studies as well as action/thriller/western classics. He has been on a roll …

Close-Up

I have seen several films in recent years where the line between documentary and narrative feature are blurred. I think my first foray into the format was 2011’s Richard Linklater film Bernie. In fact a lot of Linklater’s work has a documentary type feel (Boyhood, the Before Trilogy). This year alone there are a few …