Fantastic Mr. Fox

Thank the Lord! Finally, an animated film that I can jump behind.  Fantastic Mr. Fox is bitingly witty, hilarious, charming, and doesn’t depend on ultra-cute animation that spends two hours trying to make you go, ‘ahhh…’   Yes, I’m looking at you Pixar! Fantastic Mr. Fox takes a whole lot of genius, mixes it up, and turns it in to cinematic gold.  Take one great story by Roald Dahl, combine it with the unique vision... Read More

Zombieland

I’m not  one for that weird horror/comedy genre. I really did not enjoy Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell.  And there are very few exceptions to this rule for me (see: Dead Snow). But director Ruben Fleischer could really change my mind, in a big way.  His feature-length directorial debut, Zombieland, is hilarious, and breathes new life into the zombie genre just when it needed the most (the vampires have been leading the game for years... Read More

The Limits of Control

It seems I constantly regret not being more familiar with Jim Jarmusch’s work. Since the last time I wrote about him, despite being offered several good selections, I still haven’t seen much of his. However, now I can add The Limits of Control to this short list, and despite being an exercise in patience, it leaves me wanting more. Jarmusch wrote the script for this film, and its minimalism is intriguing in the same way I very much enjoyed... Read More

City of Ember

City of Ember starts out with all that’s needed to captivate a willing audience. Yet somehow, this doesn’t quite happen. It’s difficult to determine who’s to blame for this sort of failure. Personally, it’s difficult for me to understand what makes a good children’s/family film.As per my tastes Aladdin is the greatest of all time in it’s genre, and I didn’t so much get Toy Story. But what do I know? ... Read More

Rushmore

Sometimes mixing three of my favorite things isn’t a good idea. For example: going to movies, sleeping, and toast: not a good combination. But in the case of Rushmore, it worked really well. Wes Anderson, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman mix real nice. Having finally watched this film, I’ve now exposed myself to Anderson’s entire oeuvre (yeah, I know it’s only 5 feature length films, and one short film, but still…). ... Read More