Music fans know the impact and influence the 1969 Woodstock festival had – both musically and culturally. Most of us have no idea of the sheer scale and magnitude of the event, relying on old photographs, videos, and less than clear thinking eye witness accounts to recant tales of nearly mystic proportions.
It often takes directors without anything to prove to make a statement. We’ve seen this with films written and directed by the same person, such as the late Bill Paxton’s excellent “Frailty.” With the 2009 effort “Mr. Nobody,” written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael, we find a film that blends fantasy and reality, and […]
I probably don’t have to say this, but I will just in case. MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! In fact, it may be the biggest one in cinematic history. If you’ve never seen M. Night Shyamalan’s signature piece “The Sixth Sense” stop reading this immediately, turn off all forms of media, and go watch it fresh. I actually […]
The union between insanity and creativity has long been an intriguing theme for fiction. Many of our most interesting and original entertainers have suffered mental illnesses (a subject which has become increasingly open ever since the untimely and saddening death of Robin Williams), and though Lenny Abrahamson’s “Frank“ was promoted and will be labeled as a […]
There was a lot of adoration from me for the film’s title character going into “Rocky IV,” adoration that had been influenced by his candid spirit and his immaculate and inspirational journey to the top in the original 1976 picture – the grizzled Philadelphia boxer hosts what is, in my mind, the greatest Cinderella story […]
At 1:28 minutes, Mexican independent film “Desierto” can’t be accused of running too long. In fact, the politically charged and divisive story jumps into the action from the start, but also glosses over any level of depth or backstory that could have given reason or rationale to the characters at play. Maybe this was done as an […]
“Cast Away” explores several themes – themes deeper than the usual lost at sea film – and thus presents a deeper picture than expected at first glance. It’s greatest assets are the desolate island that is its home, and the casting of Tom Hanks – both of which are utilized to near perfection. It starts […]
The simple one word title in the 2016 Stephen Hopkins film “Race” means so much more. On the surface its the obvious; “Race” is the true story of Jesse Owens, a collegiate track star and champion athlete who would shock the world with record speed and performance at the infamous 1936 Olympics in Berlin.