Why Comic Book Movies Stink (According to Salon)

Salon’s Mott Zoller Seitz just wrote a fun piece deconstructing that most ubiquitous of modern cinematic offerings: the comic book movie.  He ain’t a fan. Here’s what he has to say about the genre, currently exploding: The aforementioned moments are just that: moments. Dazzling fragments of films that tend to be visually adept and dramatically [Read More...]

Winston Churchill, Courage, and Other Unpopular Topics

Recently ran across an excellent little HBO movie on Winston Churchill entitled Into the Storm (2009).  Brendan Gleeson plays the British Prime Minister and won an Emmy for his work.  The movie is not fanciful or complex, but it is compelling and worth your time.  The movie seems to have flown largely under the radar, [Read More...]

The Ten Best Films of 2009, the Year That Wasn’t

David Denby, film critic at The New Yorker, just released his list of the top-ten films of 2009.  Because I am an American, and thus am genetically predisposed to find top-ten lists interesting, I noticed it. Actually, it’s well worth looking at.  Denby is a skilled critic.  I like that he, with all TNY commentators, [Read More...]

A True Leading Man: Cary Grant

The NYT has a brief but noteworthy piece up about Cary Grant, a “real leading man.” It has some lines worth pondering in an age when masculine movie characters can be hard to come by: But the winners and Grant’s performances in them are such an important constituent of our feelings about American movies and [Read More...]

The Storm and Thunder of Hollywood Adolescence: Or, Why Many Movies Bore Me

Over the last month I’ve watched several movies that have suffered from a common flaw. It is this: their directors build their stories around adult characters who behave like adolescents. They then stylize their films with all kinds of jump cuts, colorful photos, eye-catching clothing, use of music and sound, and so on. In general, [Read More...]


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