Criterion of the Week: #65 'Rushmore' (1998)
Rushmore is a semi-autobiographical tale from then-budding talents writer/director Wes Anderson & writer Owen Wilson (and starring a very young Jason Schwartzman in his break-out role) about the wild ambitions, both romantic & extracurricular but certainly not academic, of an adolescent boy attending the titular school of his dreams. Though not my introduction to Messirs Anderson or...
The only "positive" review for Katherine Heigl... →
I can objectively see that it’s not particularly well made, but despite that I still rather liked it. Although yes, a big part of that is because I went into it with absolutely zero expectations. Currently at 3% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Top 10 Albums of 2011
Here they are: the top 10 albums of 2011. This was a far more complex list of contenders than last year’s list. 2010’s entries had firmly wedged themselves into place fairly early on. My picks for 2011, on the other hand, moved fluidly from spot to spot for quite some time before I finally settled on this running order, which I am tremendously pleased with. Like with my top songs and honorable...
The Top 20 Songs of 2011
This is the toughest list I’ve ever had to compile. There’s a possibility my diffuculties arose from never having assembled a year-end retrospective of tracks before but I know there’s more to it than that. I wasn’t in love with 2011. Not like 2010. Not like 2009 either. There were no obvious masterpieces to fawn over, no instant classics to heap bundles of praise upon....
'War Horse': An Illustrated Review →
The soldiers’ horses are all marching in silhouette against the backdrop of a beautiful, ﬁrey sunset and ONE OF THEM IS POOPING, I SEE THE SILHOUETTES OF POOPS. Best War Horse review ever.
Criterion of the Week: #397 'Ivan's Childhood'...
“Poetic” is the most common descriptor of Andrei Tarkovsky’s stunning debut, Ivan’s Childhood. While the word goes a ways to conjure the rhythmic, oscillating consciousness of the titular young spy as he’s jarred from idyllic dreamscapes back to his nightmarish, war-ravaged homeland, it sells Tarkovsky’s cinematic accomplishment short. Ivan’s Childhood...
Heads Up Their Asses →
Peter Hall reporting at Movies.com: The second slap Netflix received this week, however, is a bigger deal. If you’ll recall, last year saw a wave of studios putting an end to the day-and-date availability of their new DVDs and Blu-rays on Netflix’ service. Several of the biggest studios around only agreed to give their highly coveted new releases to rental companies 28 days after...
Benedict Cumberbatch to Play 'Star Trek 2' Villain →
Warner Bros Refutes 'The Dark Knight Rises' Audio... →
Phew. I was worried Muffled Bane might be out of a job.