#ThrowbackThursday – The Departed

Original US release date: October 6, 2006 Production budget: $90,000,000 Worldwide gross: $291,465,034 If you've read enough of my work, you know that crime movies generally aren't my thing.  I have no issue with them in concept but, much like war-based films, they often share the same themes, plot points, as well as characters that... Continue Reading →

Review – Unsane

It wasn't all that long ago that I first became aware of Steven Soderbergh's Unsane and my immediate thought was, "I'm so in."  The trailer was absolutely spectacular and I could hardly stand the wait for this mind-bending psycho-thriller.  Soderbergh has been the driving force behind many notable and award-winning films (Erin Brockovich, Traffic) so seeing... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Good Will Hunting

Original US release date: December 5, 1997 Production budget: $10,000,000 Worldwide gross: $225,933,435 (Note: Stop.  If you're thinking about getting snippy because Harvey Weinstein produced this movie or because you're mad at Ben Affleck or Matt Damon, stop.  Weinstein is a horrible man who did horrible things.  But Robin Williams was a great man and... Continue Reading →

Review – Downsizing

Alexander Payne's Downsizing made the list in my Ten Fourth-Quarter 2017 Films to be Excited About! column and it's taken me longer to see it than I would like, but here we are.  Payne won me over with his excellent 2011 film The Descendants, starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Shailene Woodley.  Two years later, he... Continue Reading →

Review – The Great Wall

The Great Wall is the latest film from acclaimed Chinese director Yimou Zhang (Hero, House of Flying Daggers).  The movie doesn't arrive free of controversy, though - as with most quote/unquote "controversy" - it's of the ignorantly manufactured type.  People everywhere took to their keyboards to accuse Universal Studios of whitewashing a film about the... Continue Reading →

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