Before Midnight (2013): An All-Thumbs Review

This review of Before Midnight is Part Three of the new fiction series I call All Thumbs Video.In the first installment, I introduced a small cast of characters, friends who talk about movies in one of Earth's last video stores — All Thumbs, a store named in honor of Roger Ebert. They're members of "Sight Club," watching movies in theaters and, late at night, in the store's back room, then engaging in vigorous discussion. They argued about Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder. In the  second c … [Read more...]

Iron Man 3 (2013): An All-Thumbs Review

The following is a review of Iron Man 3 ... in fiction. It's the second installment in the new series I'm calling All Thumbs Video.The first installment featured a small cast of characters arguing about Terrence Malick's To the Wonder. Now, some of them have returned, and a few new characters have stepped in. They've just been to a sneak preview of Iron Man 3, and they don't agree about what they saw.My thoughts about the movie? I have mixed feelings, and I've stirred them into the … [Read more...]

To The Wonder (2012): An All-Thumbs Review

What follows is the first episode of a new review series that I'm calling All-Thumbs Video.I've been dreaming of a new venture in long-form film criticism — reviews as fiction. As a speed-writing exercise, I’ll explore conflicting thoughts and feelings about film in rough-draft scenes set in one of the last video stores on earth.This first chapter focuses on Terrence Malick's To the Wonder. I’ve seen the film three times now, and I’m still wrestling with it, arguing with myself and a vari … [Read more...]