The American (2010) – A Cold Story Served Well Like Chilled Caviar

This is a cold movie. No, it's a FREEZING cold movie! (WARNING: some story spoilers ahead...) The main character is steel cold. It opens up with a literally cold snowy scene. The warmest human relationship is a one-night stand at an Italian bordello (at least until Act 3). SIDEBAR: There was another movie with a similar name that I watched years ago: THE … [Read more...]

Movie Review — Shutter Island (2010), a Psychological Thriller Masterpiece

A masterpiece by Martin Scorsese on the level of Taxi Driver and Goodfellas. The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Edward "Teddy" Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio in his usual pedal-to-the-metal best) heads for the psychiatric-jail on Shutter Island to investigate the case of a missing patient/criminal, Rachel Solando. Accompanying him is his junior partner Chuck Aule … [Read more...]

Movie Review — Intermission (2003), a “romantic thriller” that parodies itself

Intermission, director John Crowley’s first film, is supposed to be a film about “life is what happens in between” two major events; that is, an intermission. But the ending proves the reverse – that, no matter what happens during the intermission, the RESUMPTION of the pre-intermission process towards the MEANINGFUL CULMINATION of one’s life scenario is what … [Read more...]

Comic Book Fans Unite! The Watchmen Movie Coming Soon!

I knew what I was getting into before I married my husband. The piled up boxes of comic books in his room in college were my first clue. Right now there are about nine cardboard comic book crates in a closet in our house. And the thing that has him down right giddy is the fact that “the best comic book of all time” is finally being turned into a movie. On … [Read more...]