…Never Surrender

“Dunkirk” is a bit of a detour from the usual summer fare, in the best way possible. It’s not in 3D. It’s not a sequel. It’s not meant to launch a franchise. The setting is a real place, and the story is real. Told with an ensemble cast on a large-scale that harkens back to…

…contemplate

Well, here we are folks, nearly at the end of our road to the Oscars, and I saved the most tedious of films for last. Zer will of course be back tomorrow with “Spotlight” to conclude our best picture nominee reviews, but I got the honor of reviewing “The Revenant.” (I win!) Okay, anyone who…

…Hit the Road

George Miller’s, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” has accomplished something that few have before it. For all intents and purposes, it’s a summer blockbuster, yet here it is standing proud among an elite group of Oscar nominees duking it out for this year’s top prize at the Academy Awards. It’s earned its place, and while it…

…take a leap of faith

The thing with trilogies is that by the time you get around to part three, everyone’s pretty much made up their mind about the series. So, in reality a filmmaker could coast (or bloat the heck out of a plot Spider-Man 3…you know what you did).  However, we’re of course talking about Christopher Nolan and…

…espy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy  a film directed by Tomas Alfredson and based on John le Carré’s 1974 British spy novel, is a welcome reminder of what suspense is capable of–what it can do to us and what it can do for us. First, our setting: England in the midst of the Cold War.  The head of MI6,…