Month: December 2013

The Wolf of Wall Street

Many important filmmakers are copied, homaged, even straight ripped off. These influences usually guide filmmakers to find their own voices as they weed through the fields of their heroes, and in a lot of casesRead Full Review

August: Osage County

Meryl Streep is a goddess amongst us mere humans; it’s essentially been a known fact that she is our greatest living actress since the beginning of this century, possibly beforehand. I’ve been known to getRead Full Review

Saving Mr. Banks

When I learned of the overall premise of Saving Mr. Banks, I immediately began suffering PTSD of my horrid viewing of the 2004 film, Finding Neverland. In that film, we learn that author J.M. Barry (played withRead Full Review

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I remember watching the Oscar broadcast in 2004, where great films like Mystic River and Lost in Translation were forced to bow down to Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, which won a record-tying elevenRead Full Review


For all of the fantastical visual elements within the features, short films and music videos of Spike Jonze, his storytelling persona has always been dedicated to a very tender, particularly humane tale of life. They’reRead Full Review

American Hustle

David O. Russell’s latest film opens with some text that reads: “Some of This Actually Happened”. It’s a funny little blurb to throw up on the screen which seems like a much more honest representationRead Full Review

Inside Llewyn Davis

For as brilliant and celebrated as the Coen Brothers are, I’m not sure you can go through their filmography and find a performance like Oscar Isaac has in their latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis. They assistedRead Full Review


The last decade and a half of film animation has been so thoroughly dominated by Pixar studios that at times it has seemed like no one else has even put up a fight, least ofRead Full Review