Films as an Escape

It’s award season time and while The Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards are entertaining, the only one we really care about are the Academy Awards. Some people might have been surprised to see that “The Artist” won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it won the ... Read More »

REVIEW- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I’d be hard-pressed to think of a better director than David Fincher for bringing the grim The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to the silver screen. Fincher’s previous endeavors into society’s dark underbelly include Seven and Zodiac. With Dragon Tattoo, Fincher blends the taut drama of Zodiac and the gruesome terror of Seven, creating a stark, nightmarish reality. The story ... Read More »

FILM REVIEW: “Take Shelter”

“Is anybody seeing this?” Curtis LaForche asks rhetorically as he watches a coming storm spew lightning bolts that rip through the Ohioan night sky. The question is why more theatres aren’t carrying this Oscar-worthy film so we can see exactly what Curtis is seeing (I drove to Madison to see it). Michael Shannon plays Curtis LaForche, a dedicated family man. ... Read More »

Stop Trying to Ruin the Happiest Movies on Earth

“A whole new world, a new fantastic point of view, no one to tell us no, or where to go or say, we’re only dreaming…” Now that I have that song stuck in your head as well as your attention, it’s time for me to address something important: Disney movies. Everyone has seen a Disney movie, if not all of ... Read More »

The Ides of March: Review

There is no subtlety in the title of George Clooney’s terrific new directing effort, The Ides of March, a direct allusion to the day Caesar was betrayed by senators, including his close friend Brutus. Yes, Ides is a story of betrayal, hypocrisy and of the politicians who have run this country (and every other province, empire, etc.) from the beginning ... Read More »