At the beginning of the month, I made a handful of predictions about Solo: A Star Wars Story. I saw it over the weekend, and have digested the various reactions to it on social media. Let’s now see how well I did: Everyone will go in with very low expectations. The rumor about this film … More Judging My Predictions: A Solo Review
After Mark Steyn administers the appropriate thwacking to Branagh’s recent flop PC adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express – in which perhaps the worst crime is giving Poirot a preposterous walrus mustache – he moves on to speak glowingly of Sydney Lumet’s 1974 version: Oh, to be sure, Lumet’s Orient Express is of its time, and the color … More Murder on the Orient Express and 1970’s Cinema
I have been sick and busy and sick these last few days, and am currently unable to even describe my current state as “like hot garbage” – barely warmed-over recyclables is more like it. So I’m going to link this one in. I admit that I have yet to actually watch Darkest Hour, despite having had … More Mark Steyn on Winston Churchill
The Sunrise Motel makes note of the same Film School Rejects article that I did, and pulls a good description of the puritanical urge to sieve any piece of art for wrongthink, “hermeneutics of suspicion”. I might go a step farther than this, and say that a great deal of criticism is done not for … More Hermeneutics of Suspicion and the Problem with Film Critics
His new film about animated dogs on a giant trash island near Japan is cultural appropriation, you see. twitter.com/i/moments/976653304972288000 This jibes entirely with my earlier prediction: “Dogs” will get nominated for this, and then lose to something Italian that gets a limited release in New York for a week. Because fuck Wes Anderson, that’s why.
From Variety: Harrison Ford is there for Mark Hamill to get his Walk of Fame Star, Doesn’t point out that he’s had one for decades. Says nice things about Carrie Fisher instead. The Fatter, Angrier Kevin Smith to Demonstrate Why Star Wars won’t work on TV. You could have a fun debate arguing about whether Clerks … More A Bunch of Star Wars-Related Internet Noise
I don’t care about the Oscars. I didn’t watch them, and haven’t for some years. I don’t require some Star Chamber of Weinstein-enablers to direct my tastes in cinema. I noticed the article because it let the mask slip: there’s a formula to all this nonsense, and there’s been a formula for some time: there’s … More Variety Starts Telling Us What Movies We Should Care About Next Year: A Fisking