“Insomnia” – film review

Reasons You Can’t Sleep “There are two kinds of people in Alaska,” said the bartender.  “Those who are born here and those who come here to escape something.  I wasn’t born here.”  I wouldn’t know if it is true, but it’s a fabulous movie line.  She, the bartender, says this after realizing that detective who…

River’s Edge – film review

Fade in to a grainy, overexposed, black and white shot of a glistening sunrise reflecting off a river and into the camera.  Slowly, both focus and color are added, enough that we see the river is rather muddy.  On a bridge over the river is Tim (Joshua Miller), a 10-year old boy with disheveled hair…

The Road – on film and in print

There are certain movies and books that present very different experiences to their audiences depending on where those viewers and readers are in their lives. Older audiences probably don’t appreciate the superhero genre in the same way as those 30 and under, and you can reverse that for most anything starring Meryl Streep or written…

Déjà Vu – film review

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love time travel stories.  Déjà Vu is a very different time travel story, and I’m annoyed that I never saw it until seven years after its release.  I definitely have to get out more often. Sailors returning from duty take a ferry headed for…

Six Remakes That Needed to Be Made

As previously stated, a film should not be remade unless the present technology is far enough beyond that of when the original was made that the present technology would lend itself to a far enough better film. There is another reason – which is when the original film was poorly adapted from another media.  Or…

Six Remakes that Should Never Have Been Made

Roger Ebert once said that the only reason to ever remake a movie is if it is a film that relies heavily on technology, and in the years since the original, the technology has improved significantly enough to also improve the movie. Based on that, it seemed like a no-brainer to remake both the 1976…

“Sleepwalk with Me” – film review

Almost anyone can name a few obscure comedians who can bust your gut even though few others have ever heard their names.  One who kills me is Mike Birbiglia.  He’s got a deadpan delivery similar to Stephen Wright (for those over 40) and a delayed, self-deprecating style much like Ellen DeGeneres.  He is very relatable…

“Bernie” – film review

One of the toughest films to make is a dark comedy because it’s hard to flip between laughing and watching someone die, but if you need a good example, Bernie, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Jack Black, is the place to start.  It’s a sleeper that sneaks up on you in a good way,…

“Mud” – film review

When the person you look up to the most is a homeless murderer pursued by both the police and bounty hunters, there probably won’t be a whole lot of good in your life.  And when your best friend’s name is Neckbone, you have to start to wonder.  Ellis, 14, is quietly waiting for something.  His…

50/50 – A toss up

There was likely a moment, and a table, at which sat writer Will Reiser and producers at Summit Entertainment, and someone had to say, “It’s about a guy whose girlfriend cheats on him, his father has Alzheimer’s, and he gets cancer.”  And at some point, someone else had to lean forward in a chair, maybe…