As Guillermo del Toro’s film Nightmare Alley opens, we see images of a man apparently hiding a corpse underneath the floorboards and then burning down the isolated house as he walks away. It’s 1939, and that man, Stan (played by Bradley Cooper) winds up finding work in a
I like David Wain’s 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer, but I absolutely adored the 2015 Netflix miniseries First Day of Camp. The success of that endeavor clearly inspired creators David Wain and Michael Showalter to come back for another go. The new miniseries, Ten Years La
Like almost everyone else, I was blown away by Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2014, and I have been eagerly awaiting writer/director James Gunn’s follow-up. Three years later, it’s here, and it does not disappoint. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 is visually astounding
I had a feeling this one was gonna be good. I’m glad I was right. With Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios has blown the doors off of their cinematic universe in a big, big way. This is a huge movie, filled with crazy alien planets and creatures and hugely original chara
There’s no question in my mind that David O. Russell is a terrifically skilled director, and it’s been interesting seeing how his recent films have been able to blend his idiosyncratic sensibilities with a slightly more mainstream approach. I had some problems with Silve
I didn’t see director Derek Cianfrance’s 2010 film, Blue Valentine, though I certainly read about it when it came out. (The film got a lot of acclaim, and also a lot of ink due to its NC-17 rating.) It’s a film I am interested in seeing one of these days, but for
Nothing in the plot description of Silver Linings Playbook really caught my attention, but the fact that it was written (adapted from the novel by Matthew Quick) and directed by David O. Russell automatically made the film something I was interested in. I don’t love all of Mr.
Try as I might, I must admit that my expectations do sometimes color my opinions about a movie that I see. Occasionally I go into a film with very low expectations — and even if the movie is mediocre, I come out pleased because it was better than I expected. Conversely, if I