I like musicals all right. I used to take them literally and complain to Rick, one of the owners of Emerald Video in Isla Vista, “I don’t get it. Nobody ever just bursts into song like that.” To which he responded, “Of course not. It’s a scene where they decide to show an emotion that’s […]
The original had a cast of interesting voice actors, like Adam Samberg, Cheryl Hines and Jeff Daniels. I didn’t see it, either. I had to look it up. This sequel is one of those dirt-cheap, cynical affairs that aims low and falls even lower. It tries so hard to be fun and quirky, but without […]
People often criticize the plausibility of action movies, shaking their heads in disbelief as, for example, Geena Davis and Sam Jackson sprint down a hallway to outrun a grenade blast. Poor people. They just don’t know. It’s all real, folks. Take the bus jump sequence from Speed. A bus, rigged with a bomb, has to […]
Mike Flanagan is one of the most interesting directors in this excellent new wave of horror we’re going through. The premise of this one is an ingenious twist on the Nightmare on Elm Street hook–the dreamer alone is not only threatened, so are people in the waking world around him.
The seats are starting to arrive in the theater. I’ve only been working here for two days, but I’m starting to get this feeling of being home again. I haven’t worked in a movie theater since 1993, when I ran the Granada in Santa Barbara for the summer of The Firm, The Fugitive, The […]
I saw Koyaanisqatsi in its initial Santa Fe run. I’ve seen it dozens of times since, and it delivers a gut punch every time. I’ve seen Powaqqatsi a few times, although I think its score completely overshadows the actual film. And Naqoyqatsi, for whatever reason, I’ve never made it all the way through. Maybe that’s […]