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I saw this awhile ago somewhere, but I forgot to copy the link, so my apologies to the author. How the basic plot of "Star Wars" derives from the Books of Samuel in the Old Testament:
This comedy/drama written and directed by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh ("In Bruges") would be a fine sleeper hit if it didn't win a bunch of Academy Awards. However, Frances McDormand, Mrs. Joel Coen, is, with Meryl Streep in "The Post," a frontrunner for Best Actress. Conversely, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson are excellent too as... Read More
"The Disaster Artist" is actor/director James Franco's fairly good movie about the making of a belovedly bad movie called "The Room" that has achieved cult status and nurtured a bunch of "Rocky Horror Picture Show"-type customs among audiences at midnight movies, such as throwing plastic spoons at the screen. Franco plays the international man of... Read More
animated movie "Coco" about a boy in Mexico who visits the afterlife on the Day of the Dead is another nice effort from the Northern California studio. On the other hand, it's a little dull and repetitious: Did you know that Mexicans care a lot about their families? If not, you'll learn that from "Coco,"... Read More
My new Harvey Weinstein-related column in Taki's Magazine, "The Overlord of Oscar Bait," argues that, just as Hollywood should no longer import chimpanzees to appear in movies like Bedtime for Bonzo because they can now be digitally simulated by putting Andy Serkis in a motion capture suit, we should consider banning professional child actors in... Read More
From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
From my movie review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
Movies usually take at least two years to go from conception to completion, even with all the money in the world behind them. For example, the sequel to the August 2014 surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy arrived in theaters in May 2017, 33 months after the original. So, it's obvious that all the Oscar-bait... Read More
From BoxOfficeMojo: Here's my review of Detroit about the 1967 riot in Taki's Magazine last week. Detroit, rather like Jordan Peele's hugely profitable Get Out from earlier this year, is kind of a horror story about white racism killing black bodies. But it had a number of strikes against it: - Directrix Kathryn Bigelow, unlike... Read More
my review of the movie Detroit in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing
Our most celebrated thought leaders, such as Chancellor Merkel, have repeatedly pointed out for us that European values morally require the demographic inundation of the European peoples in The Other. Similarly, the New York Times film critic is highly enthusiastic about how humane values require human extinction in War for the Planet of the Apes.... Read More
From Slate: And from Fusion: For a more intelligent review of Jordan Peele's Kill-the-White-People horror movie Get Out, see Screen to Screed: Here's my review in Taki's Magazine.
my new movie review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there. For an alternative view of Get Out, here's Cosm
Of course not! We all know, from first principles, that immigrants are Good. We also know that Sweden's natives are very, very white, and thus are Bad. Therefore, we know, both from abstract reason and from documentaries like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which people are the real problem in Sweden: the white nativist... Read More
From the Los Angeles Times, a blow-by-blow account of a feminist celebrity struggle session at the Sundance film festival: Celebration of women filmmakers triggers heated debate among Salma Hayek, Jessica Williams and Shirley MacLaine Amy Kaufman ... Here at the home of ChefDance CEO and founder Mimi Kim, Woodard, Shirley MacLaine, Elle Fanning and Jill... Read More
Commenter Almost Missouri writes: From my review of the 2001 movie Spy Game starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt as undercover CIA agents operating in China, Vietnam, and Lebanon: If all CIA covert operatives look like Robert Redford and Brad Pitt, the stars of the snazzy but brainless "Spy Game," it's no wonder our spooks... Read More
I finally got around to watching a couple of movies by the great French comedian / director Jacques Tati, 1959's Mon Oncle and 1967's Play Time. Tati, a successor to Chaplin and Keaton, made post-silent comedies without much plot or dialogue but with a lot of sound effects and visual gags. Tati liked the eccentric,... Read More
my movie review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing at Taki's Magazine the way, here's video of the 2008 mushroom cloud over Tirana, Albania. It almost certainly wasn't Diveroli's fault, although it involved people he was involved with. Albania's paranoid dictator Enver Hoxha, who hated both the West and the Soviets, made it the... Read More
From my movie review of Ghostbusters in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
hit Disney kids' movie Zootopia about a city where talking lions lie down with talking lambs came across to me as something that must have started out culturally rebellious but then got throttled by the test marketers and executives into the usual You-Go-Girl fare. Here the creative team talks about their original vision, which is... Read More
I finally went to see two popular animated movies at the $3 theater: Disney's big budget / big hit Zootopia and the medium budget / medium hit Angry Birds based on the Finnish smartphone game. Like a lot of mainstream movies these days, both are allegories about classic iSteve topics like biodiversity. Zootopia is a... Read More
From The Hollywood Reporter: He teaches what at the what? There is a simple change that could be made so that Oscar voting would be weighted to correlate to the demographics of the moviegoing public. Each year, the Motion Picture Association of America publishes the Theatrical Market Statistics report. In it, they slice and dice... Read More
Hail, Caesar!, the Coen Brothers' latest movie, is a cheerful comedy about a busy week in 1951 at the fictitious Hollywood studio, Capitol Pictures, where their Barton Fink took place in 1941. That 1991 film told the story of Fink, a Clifford Odets-like Communist playwright (played by John Turturro) who becomes the toast of Manhattan's... Read More
With a 17th Coen Brothers movie on the way this week, I return to an old question: How have the two middle-aged men gone over 30 years without the kind of public spats that are common among showbiz brothers (e.g., in rock music: the Everlys, the Davies of the Kinks, the Fogertys of Creedence, the... Read More
an Oscar nominationless half century career of playing Mean Girls who don't give a damn, 69-year-old Charlotte Rampling refuses to be White Guilted over her first-ever nomination. From the New York Times: Charlotte Rampling Says Oscars ‘Boycott’ Is ‘Racist Against Whites’ The Carpetbagger By RACHEL DONADIO JAN. 22, 2016 Photo PARIS — Charlotte Rampling, an... Read More
It's award season for the movies. Here, for example, are the Best Picture nominees from the Producers Guild of America, which tend to correlate decently with the eventual Oscar nominees, with links to my reviews: “The Big Short” “Bridge of Spies” “Brooklyn” “Ex Machina” “Mad Max: Fury Road” “The Martian” “The Revenant” “Sicario” “Spotlight” “Straight... Read More
Brooklyn is a pretty good although strikingly sedate movie that might snag one of the many Best Picture Oscar nominations, but won't win. It's a fairly realistic story of a pretty but not exceptionally beautiful Irish girl (Saoirse Ronan) in 1951 whose sister arranges for her to immigrate to Brooklyn, where a kind Irish priest... Read More
I finally saw the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, which is much like the old Star Wars movie of 1977. My hunch is that it was aimed in part to rope in the giant Chinese audience, which was too busy slopping the pigs down on the collective farm to get into Star Wars... Read More
From my movie review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
There seems to be some kind of quiet rumor going around that there's going to be a new Star Wars movie. (Don't quote me on it, but that's what I'm hearing.) So I got interested in the perennial kvetching point about why so few movies with budgets over $100 million are directed by women. For... Read More
I went to the $3 theater and saw Sicario, an ambitious thriller about the FBI, CIA, and Delta Force battling a Mexican drug cartel on the border. Unlike Spectre, this film was presumably not subsidized by the Mexican government's tourist agency. The scenes set in Mexico will make you want to vacation instead in, say,... Read More
Creed is a worthy (if almost too respectful) addition to the canon of Rocky movies. The basic pitch by writer-director Ryan Coogler (who has the name of a white quarterback, but is black) was that his star from Fruitvale Station, Michael B. Jordan, should play Adonis Creed, a heretofore unknown son of Rocky Balboa's Muhammad... Read More
A growing genre of film is the nonfiction business movie, such as The Social Network and Steve Jobs (which goes into national release on Friday), and the upcoming The Big Short. Jonah Hill has had memorable supporting roles in a couple of recent such films, Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. (A popular theme... Read More
From my movie review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
my review of the new film Steve Jobs at Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
From The News of Australia: In the movie, they gave the noble Dr. Kapor a Hindu father, like Nikki Minaj. But it's a dull role. The only supporting actor in the movie who gets to have fun is Jeff Daniels as the Possibly Evil White Man in Charge. Pretty soon we'll be reading denunciations of... Read More
Damon plays a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars in Sir Ridley Scott's faithful adaptation of the ultra-hard sci-fi novel originally self-published in 2011 by Andy Weir. A lot of the Thursday night audience had clearly read The Martian (e.g., they were laughing at punchlines before they were fully delivered) and were very happy that the... Read More
a transcript of the heart (from 0:49 to 2:16) of this high level discussion at the National Palace in Mexico City: This is the opening scene from La Dictadura Perfecta, or "The Perfect Dictatorship," a term for the Mexican government co
From numerous websites in France:
In the New York Times, the recent U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, who is the daughter of a real estate developer in Sacramento who is a big time Hillary-contributor, denounces the barbarism of the Huns: Hungary's Xenophobic Response By ELENI KOUNALAKIS SEPT. 6, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO — The scene at Budapest’s Keleti train station is returning... Read More
From my new column in Taki's Magazine: A Tale of Two Suburbs Two of the better movies of 2015 are weirdly similar musical biopics about bands from Los Angeles’ south suburbs. Last June’s Love & Mercy profiled Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, who came from Hawthorne, Calif., while gangsta rappers N.W.A, who helped spread... Read More
Do you ever get the feeling that journalists are starting to feel so constrained by the ruling ideology that they are self-sabotaging their articles, turning them into deadpan send-ups by choosing the dumbest examples in support of the conventional wisdom? For example, from the New York Times: So, which examples of Hollywood's unfairness to women... Read More
An interesting form of alternative history involves Hollywood casting stories. Ronald Reagan, for example, was always intrigued by an alternative history of the world in which he'd gotten two great roles that Humphrey Bogart wound up knocking out of the park -- Rick in Casablanca and Fred C. Dobbs in The Treasure of the Sierra... Read More
Trainwreck is a Judd Apatow-directed romantic comedy in which Amy Schumer plays an alcoholic who reluctantly comes around to deciding to give up a life of one-night stands with professional wrestlers and other random muscleheads and instead settle for the love of a nice guy who happens to be one of the world's highest paid... Read More
is the flashback opening scene of Trainwreck. The best part of the new quasi-autobiographical movie written by and starring Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow was the casting of Colin Quinn, playing pretty much Colin Quinn, as Amy’s beloved screw-up father. In Trainwreck, pretty Brie Larson plays Amy’s well-adjusted younger sister who can’t stand... Read More
The entertaining fourth entry in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World, opens with a title card explaining that we are back on Costa Rica's Isla Nublar, where a revivified dinosaur theme park is now in booming business, hosting 22,000 tourists per day. (Michael Crichton's Isla Nublar is fictitious, but there are similar islands in the... Read More
In Grantland, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Wesley Morris denounces Seth MacFarlane's talking toy movie "Ted 2" for making a lewd joke about the TV Kardashian Clan (which includes Caitlyn Jenner and the various rappers and NBA crackheads the daughters get involved with). Morris's review concludes in a tone of high prophetic dudgeon: Indeed.
is the semi-safe-for-work Green Band trailer for Ted 2. (And here is the funnier and more coherent NSFW Red Band trailer.) Ted 2 is Seth MacFarlane's sequel about a foul-mouthed Bostonian stuffed bear who overcomes society's antiquated prejudice against Toy Marriage. But Ted and his human wife are confronted by the technical problem that while... Read More
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