Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Doors (1991)

The Doors is one of those movies critics love to hate. They probably expected and/or wanted too much because of Oliver Stone’s previous heavy-hitters (Salvador, Platoon, and Wall Street). What they got was the ultimate rock fan film. Stone loves the band and it shows; his admiration for their artistry is articulated with scenes of

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

Seeking is one of those films that works and you are not really sure why. The characters and plot feel typical and cliché, nothing here we haven’t seen before. Keira Knightley is playing to type: cute and charming with just enough quirk to make her interesting. Steve Carell is doing the same: perpetually middle-aged and

Changeling (2008)

Angelina Jolie is the perfect example of an actress whose celebrity outshines her work and talent. With the constant bombardment of media attention surrounding “Brangelina” for the last ten years (cheating scandals, break-up rumors, testaments to their “weird” lifestyle, number of children, etc.) it is easy to forget that Jolie is a great actress. Sure,

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Freddy Kruger has become such a ubiquitous figure in pop culture people often forget what made him an icon. In the first film, the jokes are few and far between and he is a genuinely unique and scary figure. Every Halloween there are hordes of Freddys walking the streets in various forms (child Freddy, sexy