Tag Archive | coming of age

Movie of the Week: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

***** A reboot sounded like a horrible idea, didn’t it? After Sam Raimi redefined the superhero genre with his adaptation of a particular comic book superhero, Spider-Man (2002) became the standard that all comic book films had to live up to. And when he released Spider-Man 2 (2004), it seemed that the genre could not be bettered. And then […]

Movie of the Week: Smoke Signals (1998)

***** We all love indie movies, right? Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and the like. And of course, there is the iconic Napoleon Dynamite. But all (or just about all) of these films were made within the last decade. What about before the Indie movement? When small-studio films didn’t get any attention? I’d like to take […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Smoke Signals (1998)

Not a lot of people know Smoke Signals, which is really quite a genius little film penned by great American Indian author Sherman Alexie, based on his novel, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. For those of you who have seen the film, I don’t have to tell you how truly great it is. But for those […]

Movie of the Week: (500) Days of Summer (2009)

How many movies do you see that completely out dare the incredulous stereotypes that plague today’s movies? How many movies to you see that are so fresh and so original that, when the credits roll, you sit and think about what you just watched? That, my friends is the effect that  (500) Days of Summer has […]

Movie of the Week: Titanic (1998)

Titanic is probably the most underrated overrated film in history. Yes, it is a great film. And yes, everyone who actually sits through it will say that. But there are not a whole lot of people who acknowledge all that James Cameron’s masterpiece did for Hollywood an the progression of film (whether the effects be […]

‘Bully’ Wins the Ratings Battle, But It Isn’t Winning the War

‘Bully’ Wins the Ratings Battle, But It Isn’t Winning the War.   This is a little article that tackles another viewpoint on the ratings issue. I don’t want to make a long rant about this, just cite another view about it. Correct me if I am wrong, but this particular article seems to have a […]

The Smoke Clears: Bully’s Final Verdict

If you remember or read back, we read about the battle between the Weinstein Company and the MPAA over Bully, their controversial film about bullying among our youth. The MPAA originally gave it an R rating, much to the displeasure and contempt of both TWC and a large percentage of the viewing public. Bully built […]