Mini-Review: THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)

I just got out of the 27-hour Marvel movie marathon (11 movies straight), which concluded with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. I'm not sure it's necessarily the Age of Ultron as the title says, but the villain serves as a decent backdrop to a more serious narrative about the team of superheroes. Unfortunately, most of … Continue reading Mini-Review: THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)

Oscar Nominations, Selma Controversy, and more

The nominations were announced for the 2015 Academy Awards, and shockingly there are some upset people.  First, here are the nominees for the major awards: BEST PICTURE American Sniper Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of Everything Whiplash BEST DIRECTOR Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) Richard Linklater (Boyhood) Morten Tyldum … Continue reading Oscar Nominations, Selma Controversy, and more

Thoughts on ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (2013)

For those interested, it's a vampire flick that's not really a vampire flick.  The horror archetype is used effectively as a metaphor and as a convincing device to show the passage of time.  In mythology the tale would have included gods discussing the days of yore and debating the merits of their contemporary society.  In … Continue reading Thoughts on ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (2013)

Short Essay: Sound in Film and “The Neighbor’s Wife and Mine”

This will undoubtedly be the least read blog post in the history of the internet, and yet I will write it regardless. The transition of film from a soundless, purely visual medium to a truly visceral experience with the inception of recorded sound is the largest transformation film has made in its 100+ year history. … Continue reading Short Essay: Sound in Film and “The Neighbor’s Wife and Mine”

How I Watch A Movie

Critical analysis and reviews can be difficult for a reader to assess and can often make them angry (see: The Dark Knight Rises).  We know for a fact that people have wide-ranging opinions on movies, some of which are formed solely on expectation.  One person's Citizen Kane is another person's Jack and Jill.  I think the misunderstanding boils down … Continue reading How I Watch A Movie