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Thankful 2019

November 28, 2019

Review: Little Women (no spoilers)

November 25, 2019

I love Greta Gerwig.

Not romantically. Not sexually. Not in any way outside of knowing her a little, having felt her energy for a few hours over a few years in my life, and seeing her work.

20 Weeks To Oscar: Cinema, Trump, and Oscar

November 24, 2019

Coming out of the likely Best Picture winner this year, 1917, I wondered to myself why I found it so powerful. Not the cinematography, masterful as it was (Deakins likely to win his 2nd). Not the rousing nature of the piece, as it actually isn’t the kind of movie that wants to give you any […]

Box Office Friday. 112319.

November 23, 2019

I’m getting back into this habit… but a little uninspired so far. Frozen 2 opened in the same slot as Frozen, although the first time around, it opened on a single screen. This time, it started wide, as has become the norm. The $41 million Friday is great, although it is dwarfed by the The […]

Do You Want To Build A Straw Man?

November 23, 2019

I like Mark Harris. I respect Mark Harris. I care what Mark Harris thinks. Unfortunately, Mark Harris has become one of the media’s most aggressive spokeshammers for the “everything is a nail” coalition. I read his most recent Vanity Fair piece, “Conventional Oscar Wisdom Has an Almost All-White Best-Actress Lineup—For No Reason” with real curiosity. […]

Why You Should Be Afraid Of The End Of The Paramount Decree

November 23, 2019

If you believe the theatrical film business is in serious trouble, the Trump Administration may have created a key opportunity for the paranoid fears of so many to come true. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim announced in a speech to the American Bar Association’s 2019 Antitrust Fall Forum that Trump’s Justice Department was prepared to […]

Review: Frozen 2 (spoiler-free)

November 21, 2019

Frozen is a mess. Oh, wait, you are trying to read a Frozen 2 review. But I feel compelled to go back to the massively successful, beloved original. What made Frozen work? Because what was cobbled together was, as noted before, a mess. (spoilers for Frozen, not Frozen 2) The film starts with little Anna […]

AppleTV+ Lands…

November 13, 2019

So, tomorrow is arrival day for AppleTV+. And Apple is doing everything right… except for delivering on content. “The Morning Show” has been the stalking horse, with TV superstar Jennifer Aniston, Oscar-winning movie star Reese Witherspoon, and the well-loved crossover star, Steve Carell. And they should have thrown away the first two episodes and started from […]

Review: Marriage Story (Spoilers Only In The Broadest Sense)

November 13, 2019

There are many wonderful things in Marriage Story. The acting is excellent. It is the best photographed film in Noah Baumbach directorial filmography. There are great lines. Baumbach shows a mastery of verbal runs, both in dialogue and monologue. But after seeing it twice and pushing away some of its problems – which may be my […]

Can’t We All Just Not Agree?

November 13, 2019

It’s not a new phenomenon, but the last few years of self-righteous (and  simply righteous) indignation over everything have brought a new kind of film criticism to the table. In some ways, it is as old as the hills. Many critics take an approach to film that looks down the nose at the audience and […]

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"Remember that every time a man commits a violent act it only takes one or two steps to figure out how it’s a woman’s fault, and that these dance steps are widely known and practiced and quite a bit of fun," writes Rebecca Solnit. "There are things men do that are the fault of women who are too sexy, and other things men do that are the fault of women who are not sexy enough, but women only come in those two flavors: not enough, too much, and it is the fate of heterosexual men to endure this affliction. Wives are responsible for their husbands, especially if their husbands are supremely powerful and terrifying figures leading double lives and accountable to no one. But women are now also in the workforce, where they have so many opportunities to be responsible for other men as well."

January 16, 2020

Vanity Fair

“If I’d stayed in Hollywood, I don’t think I’d have a career right now. I don’t think I’d have my voice. So I’m happy that I chose that, to come through basically 10 years of slugging it out in New Zealand. By the time I made Thor: Ragnarok, I was still sleeping on my friend’s couch here in L.A., and by then I was very sure of who I was and very confident in the stories I wanted to tell and how to tell them."
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Google Joins Monoliths Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, With Trillion-Dollar Market Cap

The New York Times | January 16, 2020

“I felt like my film had been studied in semiotics class and they had been given the task of ‘Remake this.' Nothing was left untaken.”
Authorship Claims By Director of 2013 Sundance Feature Against Shyamalan's Apple Series "The Servant"

January 16, 2020

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