This week, Liam Neeson isn't taking it any more, again, in Taken 3. James saw the film and wasn't amused much, but that doesn't take away from the fine actors in it of course. Time for a quiz about Liam,... More »
I'm sure someone is fan-editing this even as I type, but since it's a slow week and since no one alive would actually want to watch a two-hour speculative video composed entirely of content we've already seen in eight-plus hours... More »
With not a heck of a lot hitting theatres this week, a look back at some of my favs from 2014 - My top feature NIGHTCRAWLER, my fav Canadian film MOMMY, and my fav doc THE OVERNIGHTERSCheck out here some... More »
Goodness me! Another year gone and where does the time go? Why, it seems like only yesterday that I was excessively tormenting myself over listing the best films of 2013. Remember 2013? I do. Mostly, I remember how amazed... More »
This week didn't exactly see many new films premiering in North America, but among those that did is A Most Violent Year. Jim reviewed it and called it "a legitimately terrific film". And it stars Jessica Chastain, which is never... More »
One of the reasons I write for Twitch, and not somewhere in academia, is that my cinematic taste runs really weird. There are many, many fine films out there, but I'm perfectly at home amidst the island of misfit films,... More »
Here we go again!My standard admonition about my own lists is that these are, in no way AT ALL, the best movies of the year. They are the ones that gave me the biggest thrills, made me think, made me... More »
Regeneration, then: as good a word as any. Inasmuch as any new actor in the Doctor Who role is an opportunity to shuffle the deck, and inasmuch as I am generally warm on this show and don't fall down the... More »
Kind of a mixed bag this week, but the holidays bring out some of the lesser awards fodder. Into The Woods is passable for fans of the stage musical and few others, Big Eyes is cool and quirky but slight,... More »
And so we come to the last in our current season of Full Disclosure features. Each month we have dived deep into the back catalogues of some of world cinema's finest auteurs to experience their films for the very first... More »
It's that time of year again. When everyone and their mother's nephew's cousin foists their unenlightened opinions on the equally unenlightened masses. Consume, regurgitate, repeat. Why do we do it? You'd be better off asking Why is the sky purple?--because... More »
This week saw the release of the new Tim Burton film Big Eyes, and instead of his usual dark fairy-tale-ish fare, it is a retelling of a famous art scandal. Jim saw it and described a few issues he had... More »
Recently a friend of mine intimated that North Korea's entire persona on the worldwide stage - the "don't go near them, they're crazy!" caricature of a wino with a broken bottle and a hearing problem - of which The Interview... More »
With the close of Peter Jackson's latest foray to Middle Earth, the final film in The Hobbit trilogy also marks another time of reflection upon one of its more interesting and controversial aspects. Jackson's decision to capture and present the... More »
Peter Jackson finally brings his Middle Earth saga close with the missing piece, that keystone film that both closes the Hobbit tale and ties directly into Lord Of The Rings.Plus, extensive discussion of Rogen/Goldberg's The Interview, including talk of the... More »
And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
Welcome back to The Stack. We are finishing up our look at Scream Factory 2014 releases in yet another episode of what has been a mammoth gift giving guide. Lake Placid (1999) is one of those films that reminds me... More »
George Lucas' refusal to let sleeping dogs lie has confused the essence of Star Wars since the film's 20th anniversary in 1997, when Lucas re-released the trilogy with his first installment of effects revisionism. Now, one can't even watch... More »
Welcome Back to The Stack Holiday Gift Guide. We are approaching the end of our look at the magnificent 2014 output of Scream Factory with only one more episode to go after this one. Legend of Hell House (1973) has long... More »
Socrates said, "Know thyself." A more contemporary philosopher from Oklahoma offered, "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging." Reading many business stories about Hollywood lately, it quickly becomes apparent that few have embraced either the Athenian master or the fine, folksy wisdom of Will Rogers. How else to...
Hollywood's annual pageant of nice dresses and the complex madness of John Travolta went off pretty much as expected - a few less for American Sniper than perhaps I cynically expected, and a few more for Birdman, which ain't Boyhood, but is an off-model enough Best Picture that I can't...
Film Comment Selects, Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual film series that showcases the best films from all corners of the world selected by folks at Film Comment magazine, marks the arrival of spring for New York cinephiles in an otherwise dreadful February/March movie season. This year's selections are as...
"Documentary Fortnight: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media," which screens at the Museum of Modern Art through February 27, once again brings an impressive array of new films, retrospectives, and installations to New York audiences. Two masters of documentary, Stanley Nelson and Barbara Kopple, open and close the...
Is box-office success a blessing or a curse? Ernesto Zelaya Minano, who is based in Peru, addresses that question in regard to the brand-new trailer for Asu Mare, the follow up to the 2013 smash hit. Critics are sharpening their knives, but audiences will decide on the film's ultimate financial...