Tag Archive | youth

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 […]

Review: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

 ***** It is the age of the superhero. Since 2005, no less than 35 superhero movies have been released in the US. There may be more, but try to tell me there have been less. But in 2008, there was one hero film that took its place above all others as being considered (by many) […]

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: The Artist (2011)

As we made a big deal about months ago, this last year’s Best Picture winner was a silent film (and a great one at that). And so it was natural, what with the DVD and Blu-ray still freshly released, for us to pick a scene to highlight from The Artist. And so, here it is. Jean […]

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 […]