You missed it, I saw it. You missed it.
I have never seen the Mona Lisa.
A few months ago, we took my daughter to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She had grown fond of a Gerald and Piggy "art-tivity" book, which had a large number of games and activities centered around famous paintings of the world, and included was an index that detailed the paintings referenced and where to see them. She saw that several were at the Met, so I asked her if she would like to…
One thing I've learned about myself while immersed in the world of SOV is that I no longer really give a tin shit whether or not something is narratively coherent or how formally impressive it is or isn't if, at bottom, it makes emotional sense to me. Shatter Dead is better made than most at this level because Scooter McCrae is a thoughtful dude with a number of strong ideas and a visual sense that finds striking images whenever he…
The Important Cinema Club Super Scary Movie Challenge: Entry #1
Category: An action film that's secretly a horror film
Urban revenge crime drama with the scuzz turned way up and the catharsis drained almost entirely, where even the most deserved of revenges rings hollow, and violence on an individual level solves nothing because the problems are systemic and firmly embedded. It's always about power, about the right of the strong over the weak, and one of the canniest things Lustig…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Rather than a proper review, I'd like to address something I've been seeing a lot vis-a-vis this here movie. In other words, I'm about to break this shit down real small.
Great visual experience, but oh that ending! That seems to be a standard knock on Panos Cosmatos's sumptuous, thrilling sensory blast Beyond the Black Rainbow, to where even its champions feel like apologizing the last fifteen away. Nuts to that. Its ending is terrific, a sudden disorienting gearshift that…