TALLULAH – Searching for Stability

Talullah is sort of an adventure film. In it Ellen Page plays Talullah, a nomad living out of her van who kidnaps a baby from a neglectful rich mother named Carolyn, played by Tammy Blanchard. Carolyn’s a drunk; she doesn’t change the baby’s diapers and lets it roam around on the balcony of her high-rise … Continue reading TALLULAH – Searching for Stability

Vin Diesel’s Killing It. So Why Isn’t He An A-Lister?

Despite the record business Diesel fetches and high-profile films he stars in, he's still a rung beneath his contemporaries. There's a prestige ceiling he seems unable (or more likely content not) to reach for.

Avenger’s: Age of Ultron: Muddled, Bloated

Don Cheadle, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, like... a lot of people This is the kind of movie you learn to tolerate because it will live in popular culture for basically ever. (*cough* Star Trek Into Darkness *cough*) See it again on Netflix, Sunday afternoon TNT, whatever. It exists, goddammit, and you might as well forgive … Continue reading Avenger’s: Age of Ultron: Muddled, Bloated

The American: Cold, Calculated

The American is a quiet drama about a gunsmith who sells his services to spies and covert operatives. It stars George Clooney as a basically nameless man at the end of a long career, at a loss for what he cares for most.

Watchmen: Who’s Watching?

Jackie Earl Haley, Billy Crudup, Malin Akerman, Patrick Wilson Let me preface this by saying that I am not a Watchman fan. The graphic novel was put in my hands a couple of years ago and I enjoyed it very much. The book resonates with people, and is deservedly the ultimate example of graphic novel … Continue reading Watchmen: Who’s Watching?

Skyfall: Review

While it hasn't benefited from decades of rose-colored glasses and nostalgia like others, Goldfinger and From Russia with Love, for example, Skyfall nevertheless is by far the best James Bond film. The most competently made, the most reverential in tone, it is a high-quality film and the most compelling installment of the canon to date.