TOP FIVE WORLD WAR II MOVIES

The past weekend saw the 75th anniversary of VJ (“Victory over Japan”) Day, officially ending World War II, the deadliest human conflict in history. Never before or since has there been an event that showcased the moral extremes of humanity on such a global and momentous scale; the war conjured up stories of hope fulfilled […]

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (45 Years of Unsolved Mystery in the Australian Bush)

“What we see and what we seem are but a dream, a dream within a dream.” The aesthetic presentation of the opening line just as much encapsulates the essence of the film as the actual content of the line. Over gorgeous shots of the Australian dawn, it is uttered in a hushed and sultry whisper, […]

SUNSET BOULEVARD

Seventy years ago today, Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard” was released in American theaters. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards upon release and included among the first batch of films selected for preservation by the National Film Registry, the film is still acclaimed by critics and film buffs alike and frequently cited as one of Billy Wilder’s […]

BABE – 25 Years of a Beloved Farm Tale

Twenty-five-years ago today, “Babe” was released in theaters, kicking off a hugely successful box office run which culminated in seven Oscar nominations and ignited a rapid proliferation of veganism amongst moviegoers around the globe. Impressively made, surprisingly wise and, above all, genuinely heartfelt, “Babe” remains one of the best family live-action movies to come out […]

A WISHLIST FOR THE UPCOMING ‘PERCY JACKSON’ SERIES

The “Percy Jackson” book series, with its expansive and imaginative world, loveable characters, and surprisingly tension-filled and emotionally resonant conflicts, seemed destined to inherit the reins from “Harry Potter” and become the next family-friendly big-screen phenomenon—a new fantasy adventure movie saga to capture the minds of youths and tweens around the globe. Indeed, even to […]

GHOST: 30th Year Anniversary

“Ghost”, directed by Jerry Zucker, was released thirty years ago today by Paramount Pictures. Patrick Swayze plays Sam, a yuppie banker, who moves into a lavish, boutique Manhattan apartment with his girlfriend, Molly (Demi Moore), a potter. Everything is impossibly swell—Sam is making good money on his investments, Molly is putting her clay works into […]

‘DA 5 BLOODS’ REVIEW

Spike Lee’s latest joint is a Netflix exclusive centered around a group of veterans from an African-American army squad (the eponymous “Bloods”) returning to Vietnam under the pretense of finding the remains of their fellow member, Stormin’ Norman (Chadwick Boseman), who was the Bloods’ military leader and spiritual teacher, educating his squadron about the oppression […]

INCEPTION – 10 Year Anniversary of the Mind-Bending Dream World

A decade ago, “Inception” premiered at London’s world-famous cinema Odeon Leicester Square. It was no secret that “Inception” was going to be a big money-maker, with the world-class and world-famous faces of Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ellen Page gracing the forefront of the picture and, not to mention, it was hotshot director Christopher Nolan’s […]

Amazon Prime’s ‘7500’ Review

 “7500”, which premiered in 2019 at the Locarno Film Festival and was digitally released to stream in the US by Amazon a week ago, is a decent, if ultimately forgettable, hijacking thriller. The film centers on a young co-pilot named Tobias (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) whose plane is taken hostage by glass-knife-wielding Islamic terrorists. After a scuffle […]

BACK TO THE FUTURE: 35 Years Later

Thirty-five years ago, on July 3 1985, Universal Pictures released “Back to the Future”, creating an overnight sensation. Replete with elements that have been deeply subsumed into pop-culture consciousness (the iconic score, the DeLorean time machine, the famous one-liners, etc.), “Back to the Future” still manages to feel fresh and fun even all these years […]