Film

Remember Roger Deakins | 1917 | Rated R

From my perch in the upper right corner of the theater this Friday last, I surveyed the matinee audience for an opening day screening of 1917. As one might expect, it was a largely grey-haired crowd, typified by a middle-aged woman who turned the corner of the entryway only to…

Abuse Your Illusions • The Magical World of Michael Carbonaro

Ask Michael Carbonaro if he’s a magician, a comedian or an actor and he’ll cop to the fact that he’s not really sure. But he also doesn’t care, so long as he’s entertaining people—a calling he’s heard since he was a child. On his TruTV show, The Carbonaro Effect, he…

Rebel Roar | Ford vs Ferrari | Rated PG-13

I don’t know what I was expecting when the theater lights went down before Ford vs Ferrari, but it wasn’t this. The trailer hinted at a highly stylized Mad Men take on the Tom Cruise movie Days of Thunder, where some bonehead jock (ahem, Tom Cruise) proves himself to, well,…

DIE CYBORG SCUM! | Terminator: Dark Fate | Rated R

It’s November, 2019. Long ago, Blade Runner foretold a foul future where renegade replicants ran amok, as the threadbare and exhausted-looking dregs of humanity creaked through the motions, their ersatz existence barely holding a candle to the fierce and defensive grip on life the fugitive artificials seemed to hold. Now,…

Comedy Isn’t Pretty | Joker | Rated R

The Joker is one of those roles where it’s hard to overdo it. A criminally insane, laughing maniac character is built for over-acting. Cesar Romero has the benefit of being the first actor to portray him in the 1966 TV show, and brought him to life as an over-the-top giggling…

A Short Welcome | Villains | Rated R

With Villains, writer/director team Dan Berk and Robert Olsen make a clean 90-minute leap from the realm of low-budget splatter to character-driven indie-comedy, nary touching the ground in the process. Having cut their teeth on a few ambitious short films and 2016’s The Stakelander, the even more obscure sequel to…