Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood

In August 1969, on two consecutive nights, people died at the hands of counterculture dropouts who lived on a rundown fake movie set used for TV shows during the height of westerns such as Wanted Dead or Alive and Shotgun Slade, both of which were cited as being too violent. Quentin Tarantino’s appreciation for the… Continue reading Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood

Deadpool 2

af0212_pubstill_01_R – Ryan Reynolds stars as Deadpool in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

It just doesn’t get much better than this! Leaving the theater after seeing the movie, I noticed a young family also exiting with their two daughters about four or five years of age. “Extra points for bringing the kids!,” I quipped, and in a broken-German accent the dad said, “De girls cannot speak English so the… Continue reading Deadpool 2

Allied

Photo by: KGC-160/STAR MAX/IPx 2016 3/31/16 Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard on the set of "Five Seconds of Silence" filming on Hampstead Heath. (London, England, UK)

Many of my favorite movies are about Parisians during the Vichy government: Jean-Pierre Melville’s Army of Shadows, Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book and Jean-Paul Rappereau’s Bon Voyage. Brad Pitt is Max, an intelligence officer stationed in North Africa, Casablanca to be exact, who’s been given the task of assassinating a regional Nazi officer while posing as the… Continue reading Allied

By the Sea

By putting sexual disharmony at the forefront of her film By the Sea, writer/director Angelina Jolie (Pitt) creates a disquieting intimacy with the silence of failed sex set in France during the height of the sexual revolution of the early 1970s. If nothing else, By the Sea is an illusion to stimulate conscious voyeurism, both… Continue reading By the Sea

12 Years a Slave

Those who deny individual rights cannot then claim to be defenders of Constitutional rights. Neither the right nor the left understands this. This has led to the modern contradiction called racism where a man is judged not by his own actions but by the actions of his collective ancestors, both black and white. In the… Continue reading 12 Years a Slave

World War Z

Unlike the typical zombie film, World War Z is focused on one man, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), a former UN employee who inherits a global pestilence. Based on the book by Max Brooks, its abject horror stems from a global pandemic that multiplies while bureaucracy ponders the demise of civilization. It’s so much more than… Continue reading World War Z