MA (**) same as it never was

"There are no real bad performances, but the editing in the third act is enough to turn this horror into a comedy, however unintentionally."

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."

The Shape of Water (****1/2) holds you completely

If you like Del Toro, this is the best work he's created since Pan's Labyrinth. It's regrettable that he's not received more resources to create with, but seeing what he's done here with such seemingly limited funds, I really don't know if it matters. He just needs to bring more of his universe to ours.

Divergent Series: Allegiant (***) gets worse than it gives

If they'd finished, the series, it likely would not have been improved much. The same can be said for every film set that tried the same gimmick outside of the last Harry Potter film. In that case, the first one was the let down. Still, there are worse ways to pass a rainy Sunday. The Hunger Games series, for instance. Too bad the bottom didn't fall out on that series first.

Zootopia (****1/2) preaches effectively (mostly)

The best thing is that the bad actors in the end are bad because they use differences to scare the larger voting base into being afraid of the smaller one. Fear, as we know, is the way to get votes these days. Saying someone who scares you is worthy of being scared of is a cheap pandering method that is used now more than ever, unless you're Libertarian.

Snowpiercer gets to the heart of the matter

Snowpiercer - 2013 Director Boon Joon-Ho Starring Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris Screenplay Joon-Ho and Kelly Masterson  An inadvertent addition to the growing trend of movies going straight to video on demand, Boon Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer, along with Mike James' Roger Ebert opus, Life Itself have forever changed my mind on the value … Continue reading Snowpiercer gets to the heart of the matter

Fruitvale Station (***1/2) – All sales are final

Fruitvale Station - 2013 Written and Directed by Rylan Coogler Starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Ahna O'Reilly, Kevin Durand , Chad Michael Murray If the point of the movie is to show the value of a human life in the time frame of the last day, they had me at the moment Oscar Grant III (Jordan) first … Continue reading Fruitvale Station (***1/2) – All sales are final

I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars

2012 Academy Awards Please don't let this be the year that the gimmicky French film wins.  I would prefer that the real masterpiece that took place in Paris, France take home the gold.  The rush to crown The Artist as Best Picture feels a little like the time we anointed Brokeback Mountain the movie of our times.  If it … Continue reading I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars

The Help is better than a pie full

The Help - 2011 Directed by Tate Taylor Starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Sissy Spacek, Mike Vogel, Allison Janney, Mary Steenburgen Written by   Taylor  based on The Help by Kathryn Stockett When thinking of how to view The Help, I think of it in terms of how to … Continue reading The Help is better than a pie full