“SIMPLE SONG #3” FROM “YOUTH” Music and Lyric by David Lang What will likely end up being my favorite film of the year, “Youth” is the perfect example of why I continue to take part in this Oscar Challenge, as to discover films I might not otherwise see. With so much range of emotion, with stellar performances all around, “Youth” is not only well … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge:  “Youth” – Best Original Song
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In the split that’s happening a lot, and is now being predicted by many of the pundits, “Spotlight” takes Best Film from the Detroit Film Critics, while George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) takes Best Director. Michael Caine comes in with his first Best Actor win for “Youth,” while Liev Shreiber gets his first for “Spotlight,” something he’ll be facing Mark Ruffalo and Michael … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards
NOW YOU SEE ME BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLJUNE 1, 2013 “Now You See Me” takes you for a ride. Whether it’s a ride without bumps is up to your interpretation. Four magicians, known as the Four Horsemen, unveil a three-act, three-location show and turn out to be very successful bank robbers. The magicians use an “Ocean’s 11” model of sleight of hand and misdirection to … Read More Movie Review: Now You See Me (2013)
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLJULY 22, 2012 Expectations and presumptions can kill a film. I went into “The Dark Knight Rises” with neither. Too many people I know walked into the final Christopher Nolan Batman film expecting it to be better than “The Dark Knight.” In my mind, that just wasn’t possible. “The Dark Knight” is a near-perfect film, and Heath Ledger … Read More Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
THE DARK KNIGHT BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLJULY 22, 2012 “This city deserves a better class of criminal. And I’m gonna give it to ‘em.” — The Joker (Heath Ledger), “The Dark Knight” Going on record to say that one actor could make or break an entire film feels like a complex statement to make. I mean, even to say that a particular director has enough … Read More Movie Review: The Dark Knight (2008)
BATMAN BEGINS BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLJULY 18, 2012 “…this is the movie I did not realize I was waiting for, because I didn’t realize that more emphasis on story and character and less emphasis on high-tech action was just what was needed.” –Roger Ebert, Review of “Batman Begins” Christopher Nolan has a vision. A superhero genre grounded in reality—no more wacky villains with the same … Read More Movie Review: Batman Begins (2005)
Instead of begging for multiple viewings, Harry Brown begs you to watch one of the films at any other end of the spectrum. Harry Brown is not a black mark on the actors’ or director’s resume by any means, but still opens a desire for wanting more out of the film as a whole.