2018 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: ANIMATED (Movie Review)

Released: February 15, 2019 Runtime: 73 minutes for entire shorts program Program: Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts for 2018 During every Oscar ceremony, there’s a stretch of categories with nominees that virtually no one has ever even heard of, let alone seen: the shorts. Divided into three competitive groups – Animated, Live Action, and Documentary – the Academy Award nominated [...]

2018 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: LIVE ACTION (Movie Review)

Released: February 8, 2019 Runtime: 105 minutes Program: Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts for 2018 (Parental Discretion strongly advised; not suitable for children) During every Oscar ceremony, there’s a stretch of categories with nominees that virtually no one has ever heard of, let alone seen: the shorts. Divided into three competitive groups – Live Action, Animated, and Documentary – [...]

HIGH FLYING BIRD (Movie Review)

**1/2 out of **** Rated TV-MA (for strong language, some sexuality) Released: February 8, 2019, on Netflix Runtime: 90 minutes Directed by: Steven Soderbergh Starring: Andre Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Bill Duke, Jeryl Prescott, Sonja Sohn, Kyle MacLachlan, Zachary Quinto My review of High Flying Bird, for The Tulsa Voice. The latest film from director Steven Soderbergh (Erin [...]

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Podcast: Episode 17 – TOP 10 of 2018, GLASS, & More (PODCAST)

Episode 17 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Conversations On Cinema http://thebadandthebeautiful.libsyn.com/the-bad-and-the-beautiful-episode-17 Top 10 Lists, 10 to 6, @ 1:11 Glass, @ 22:17 Burning, @ 33:45 Top 10 Lists, 5 to 1, @ 37:57 Outro, @ 01:02:23 On this first episode for 2019 of The Bad and the Beautiful, Charles and Jeff reveal their choices [...]

BURNING (Movie Review)

** out of **** Rated R (for strong language, sexual content, nudity, and violence) Released: November 9, 2018 limited; expands through December & January Runtime: 148 minutes Directed by: Lee Chang-dong Starring: Yoo Ah-in, Jeon Jong-seo, Steven Yeun, Kim Soo-Kyung My review of Burning, for The Tulsa Voice. The latest film from South Korean director Lee Chang-dong has [...]

GLASS (Movie Review)

*** out of **** Rated PG-13 (for violence including some bloody images, thematic elements, and language) Released: January 18, 2019 Runtime: 119 minutes Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan Starring: James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark I love Unbreakable. I'm grateful to Split for bringing us back into that [...]

UNBREAKABLE: M. Night Shyamalan’s Clairvoyant Superhero Deconstruction (SPOILERS) (ANALYSIS)

Warning: this essay contains major spoilers for the 2000 film Unbreakable. Unbreakable is a masterpiece of pop cinema. Pre-dating the Marvel Cinematic Universe by nearly a decade and even the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man by two years, M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable was ahead its time – and that’s an understatement. It’s also a crucial point [...]

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (Movie Review)

**** out of **** Rated R (for strong language, nudity, and some sexual content) Released: December 14, 2018 limited; expands December 25 and January Runtime: 119 minutes Directed by: Barry Jenkins Starring: Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Brian Tyree Henry, Aunjanue Ellis, Ebony Obsidian, Diego Luna, Spike Lee confronts. [...]