Film Criticism

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Review

MINOR SPOILERS Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner isn’t quite what one might expect it to be.  At first glance, it seems to be the story of a white girl (Joanna) who wants to marry an African American, but faces resistance.  There is an element of that.  As the film progresses, however, it becomes clear that … Continue reading Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Review

Murder, My Sweet Review

There’s a lot to like about this movie – the characters, the dialogue, the visuals, and many of the scenes.  A lot of the story, from what I can tell, is good too … but I can’t tell.  And therein lies the problem. Film noirs (or “films noir” for more proper writers than I) are … Continue reading Murder, My Sweet Review

Notorious (1946) Review

It took me a while to recognize the fact that this film is great.  Part of that’s a side effect from the fact that this film is one of Hitchcock’s somewhat lesser-known works – it’s hard to get a good copy of it on DVD with good sound quality, so I had a hard time … Continue reading Notorious (1946) Review

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Review

People who have an obsessive passion for and enjoyment of Terry Gilliam films – or at least his more intense and bizarre creations like Time Bandits and Brazil – scare me.   Guillermo del Toro, for example, was overjoyed to see his young daughter giggle with delight at the end of Time Bandits when (spoiler alert) the young … Continue reading Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Review

Fantastic Mr. Fox Review

It takes a special kind of director to get a very unconventional film with a lot of creative ideas and an original approach or style produced and distributed by Hollywood.  Fortunately, Wes Anderson has somehow – and don’t ask me how – found a way to get his bizarre art projects out there time and … Continue reading Fantastic Mr. Fox Review

An American Werewolf in London Review

My appreciation of great horror films is always a little bit limited by the fact that I don’t really care for being scared all that much.  There is still some horror out there that I like, but this film doesn’t have that much of it – most of this film’s horror portions are simply slow … Continue reading An American Werewolf in London Review

Baby Driver Review

This is the best film of 2017 I’ve seen so far.  Hands down.  Let’s talk about why. I love it when I see a trailer for an upcoming movie and think, “Oh my gosh – what is this and how was it able to get made in today’s world?”  What puzzled me about the Baby … Continue reading Baby Driver Review