Forgotten Gems – Lone Star(*****): John Sayles is still the king

"This is just the tip of the iceberg that goes down into the depths of a deep sea of the human condition. If there is one film that shows a completely honest viewpoint of life on the border of so many things."

Isle of Dogs (*****) is one of the best

I love dogs but #isleofdogs is better than any film this year. "See this if you can. You shouldn't regret it if you have a sense of vision and a sense of humor."

I Don’t Have A Vote: The 90th Annual Oscars – Great Year for Film, Not Politics

"Hugh Jackman had a great year, with The Greatest Showman and Logan. On the latter film, he does the near impossible in creating an unbreakable character who is finally driven to the point of breaking. His work with Stewart is some of the best of both of their careers. He should have been rewarded for this."

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (**1/2) is a take worth leaving

McDonagh has been effective in the past, with many of the same actors, even. He completely wastes Searcy, Dinklage and Hawkes here. If his writing seemed better in the past, it may have been due to more familiarity with the subjects. I wish the focus had been more on realistic characters, maybe punching up the plot a bit. Telling urban American city folk that the people living out there where there's green trees and grass are creepy and weird is a surefire way to win festivals and maybe awards. It will not win as history or any sort of lesson, though.

Promised Land plays scientist, judge, jury, etc…

Promised Land - 2012 Director Gus Van Sant Starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy, Titus Welliver, Terry Kinney, Hal Holbrook Written by Damon, Krasinski, Chris Moore Promised Land is perhaps the laziest script I have seen make it to the big screen.  It takes a debatable subject, bends one side, to make it … Continue reading Promised Land plays scientist, judge, jury, etc…

Moonrise Kingdom: I get it. I just don’t care.

Moonrise Kingdom - 2012 Director Wes Anderson Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Howard, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban Screenplay Anderson and Roman Coppola The only Wes Anderson movies I own are The Life Aquatic... and The Fantastic Mr. Fox.  According to Rotten Tomatoes, the former is his … Continue reading Moonrise Kingdom: I get it. I just don’t care.