While La La Land dominated the pop culture landscape of 2016, it was actually the second time that writer/director Damien Chazelle ventured into the musical genre. The first time was with the 2009 indie film Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. Full review here.
First post of the new year, and I get to revisit the quirky brilliance of Punch-Drunk Love (2002), now out on the Criterion Collection. Read the full review here.
Few actors played losers with such reckless abandon. In honor of the What a Character! Blogathon, I revisit the life and career of one of my personal favorites, Elisha Cook, Jr., also known as “The Lightest Heavy in Hollywood.” Full essay here.
In honor of writer-director Curtis Hanson, who passed away on September 20th, I revisit his 1997 masterpiece L.A. Confidential. Click here!
To commemorate David Fincher’s birthday, I dig into SE7EN (1995), the breakthrough neo-noir that established the director’s Hollywood credentials. Read the full review here!
To commemorate the passing of writer/director Michael Cimino, I take a look back at his sprawling 1985 neo-noir Year of the Dragon. Read the full retrospect review here!
Nostalgic in the best possible way, Jeff Nichols’ fourth collaboration with actor Michael Shannon proves to be their most potent product to date. Read the full review here!