Terminator Genisys (Taylor, 2015)

Terminator Genisys made me angry.

There’s plenty of films that leave me unimpressed or bored or just disatisfied. But a film has to be particularly lazy to get me mad. [Read more…]

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (Benson, 2013)

Eleanor Rigby’s conceit—I’m tempted to say “gimmick”—is that it shows their two stories back to back rather than interweaving or cutting between them. Thus it becomes both a Rashomon story and a meditation on how we make and preserve memories. The films are designed to be played in either order, with one screening at TIFF flip-flopping to give us Her and Him. [Read more…]

Snowpiercer vs. The Giver

I wouldn’t begrudge anyone who thinks the films Snowpiercer and The Giver have as much in common as an elephant and a plum, but I have been thinking about the two in conjunction recently. [Read more…]

Heaven is for Real

1More Film Blog is giving away a free DVD of Heaven is For Real to one lucky reader. [Read more…]

Before Midnight (Linklater, 2013)

The fatalism imbuing the characters and the film is certainly representative of what many couples feel in middle-age, a period in which there are as many or more choices behind them as awaiting them and where the quality of a relationship is influenced as much by the fruit of past decisions as the pleasurable contemplation of future ones. [Read more…]

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — Now Available on DVD

The new Jack Ryan doesn’t so much have greatness thrust upon him as shoved down his—and our—throat. [Read more…]