Tag Archive | standards

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: Batman Begins (2005)

It is Batman day. At least, for me it is. It is also my birthday. And four years ago today, Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece The Dark Knight was released to critical and audience acclaim. But some people forget that before there was a Dark Knight, Batman had to begin. And he did just that in 2005’s Batman Begins, which breathed […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Casino Royale (2006)

Okay, there is a lot of debate over who is the best Bond in the franchise’s history. But in the opinion of this writer, Casino Royale shows the series in top form, not only with its taut direction, intelligent writing, and awesome performances, but mainly with a certain scene in the middle of the film, famously referred […]

Review: Death Race (2008)

*****   Blecchhhh…… can we really say much more? There are action movies, and then there are THESE kinds of action movies; the kind that are ineffectually violent and imicilic in nature. Death Race follows the story of a man who is accused of  a crime he didn’t commit, and in order to win his freedom, he […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Zoolander (2001)

To some, Zoolander is an absolutely stupid movie. To others, it’s absolutely hilarious. To me, why can’t it be both? Yes, Ben Stiller’s 2001 comedy is filled with dumb humor, but a close observation provides some insight into just how well-integrated the dumb humor is into the sharp, witty satire of the fashion industry. But that has […]

Review: Immortals (2011)

***** Throughout the years, Hollywood has tried to harness the creativity, suspense, and excitement of the mythological tales of the ancient Greeks. Gods, Titans, and there affairs with beings and creatures both mortal and immortal have been adapted and re-envisioned several times over, some succeeding, others not so much. Immortals is one of the few […]

Best Heroes and Villains- Inigo Montoya and Captain Barbossa

Inigo Montoya: How can we forget this wonderful hero, or the iconic comedy that he comes from? Inigo is a great character, and he has some of the best and most quotable lines in history (besides the obvious). He starts as a villain, a hired hand to a slimy bounty hunter. But the plot takes […]