Thank You, Academy…

The morning news today said that the American Academy of Dramatic Arts would be taking extra steps today to ensure that they would not repeat the mistake of having awards announced incorrectly.  Are there any steps which they could take to get some good movies made?

Movie Review: The Delta Force (1986)

First, let me be honest: while I have immense respect for Chuck Norris as a person, I usually find his cinematic enterprises entirely unwatchable.  He simply does not engage me as an actor. That being said, and given the fact that “The Delta Force” is Golan-Globus production (a group known more for their volume of […]

My Guilty-Pleasure Movies

This list is by not exhaustive; I will probably think of several more as soon as my head hits the pillow this morning.    However, here is at least a partial list of B-movies, bombs, and otaku-fodder that I would gladly miss a few hours of sleep to watch again: The Last Action Hero A […]

Worst Practices in American Cinema

When I first started blogging (and actually, I was blogging before blogging even existed, by sending a weekly update by e-mail to a list of friends while I was overseas), I used to like to write the occasional movie review.  Anymore, however, it seems that it can be years before a movie comes out that […]

The Power of Myth-Negation: A Tale of Four Movies

“America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”–Attributed to Josef Stalin Sometime around 1991, my freshman year in college, I came across Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail; the first cinematic […]

Iron Man 3

First, the trailer roundup: Until now, I was pretty convinced that “After Earth” was going to be another “I Am Legend” debacle for the otherwise-brilliant Will Smith. The trailer I saw today makes me think it might be worth watching. I saw no sign of the U.S. military in the new “Wolverine” trailer, so hopefully […]

U.S. Senate Fact-Checking Movies Suddenly?

Senators Feinstein, McCain and others apparently sent a letter to the director of the CIA demanding a fact-check of a Hollywood movie. While I find the idea of fact-checking a work of fiction a bit ridiculous, I have to wonder why this movie in particulare was called on? Why wasn’t this level of Senatorial diligence/time […]

Movie Review: Ted

What happens when a bunch of actors I don’t care for get together to play a bunch of characters I couldn’t possibly care about? Ted. I will hand it to the writers, the movie is occassionally clever (“Nothing is more powerful than the Christmas wish of a young boy. Except an Apache helicopter.”). And, frankly, […]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The short version: If you are a JRR Tolkein purist, you will enjoy this slightly less than the LOTR movie franchise.  If you are looking for a fun fantasy movie, this is a pretty good one.  The long version: A lot of effort (and padding!) has been put into making The Hobbit run parallel to […]