The Big Short (2015)

The Big Short (2015)

As evidenced by recent releases such as Margin Call, The Wolf of Wall Street, and even this year’s 99 Homes, movies about the financial market can be risky, complicated beasts. There’s always a scene that boils down to metaphors or “explain this to me like I’m a child.” The Big … Continue reading

American Hustle (2013)

American Hustle (2013)

You have to hand it to American Hustle for taking its breadth of talent and just letting them run with every scene. Writer/director David O. Russell has gathered the finest cast of the year (including Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who hit the jackpot last year in Russell’s Silver Linings … Continue reading

Public Enemies (2009)

Public Enemies (2009)

Public Enemies is Michael Mann’s best film since 1995’s Heat, but it’s not without its faults. What is refreshing is to see an old-school gangster flick with a stellar cast. This is a very intriguing portrait of John Dillinger, the famed bank robber and the FBI’s first-ever “Most Wanted” man. … Continue reading

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight is an unbridled masterpiece; a dark and gloomy commentary on the state of our country today. Filmed in blacks and dark blues, there are only occasional rays of hope as Batman takes on Gotham’s latest batch of evil. Yet there is a feeling of giddiness as you … Continue reading

The New World (2005)

The New World (2005)

Only Terrence Malick could get away with this. The legend of Malick is one I partially understand, but the holier-than-thou critical reputation he seems to revel in is completely overblown. The man has directed five films since 1969 but really made a name for himself with Badlands (1973) and Days … Continue reading

Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins (2005)

Ah, Gotham. The city where no one has an umbrella when there’s a torrential downpour. The city of mass corruption. The city in need of a hero, a symbol, and hope. Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins is a masterstroke of creativity, excitement, and sheer cinematic bliss. This is a film that … Continue reading