Hail, Caesar! And The Celluloid Communion

hail-caesar01On my Facebook page, I have my religion listed as “Film”. Because ultimately, film has been the biggest guiding light in my life, the art form that has not only led me to so many tremendous stories but that has comforted me when times have been most difficult. I think that film, at its best, can be the great Rosetta Stone for the times in which we live, and provide meaning and comfort just as well as the Church or the Talmud. I only bring all of this navel-gazing bullshit up because this seems to be exactly the mentality guiding the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! and while I may not unreservedly love the whole package I absolutely appreciate its dramatization of my feelings on film in a film.


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In Cinema, Sicario Means Brilliant

Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 9.44.42 AMFifteen years ago, Steven Soderbergh released his drug war epic Traffic, which co-starred Benicio del Toro and explored the various levels of the War On Drugs from the streets of Mexico to the prep schools of Cincinnati. It was a movie that illustrated just how devastating and widespread drugs had become and how they could corrupt anyone they touched. Now, we have Sicario, this one directed by Denis Villeneuve and also co-starring del Toro. While Traffic is about the insidious threat of drugs and how good people struggle to confront it, Sicario is about the equally-insidious war that is being waged in response, and how people are driven to terrible extremes trying to serve that goal.

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Monthly Preview: January 2014


I guess it’s a good thing I have all those 2013 movies to catch up on, because this month is BLEAK. Not that that’s anything new; January has been and always will be the barren celluloid wasteland where ill-advised studio schlock goes to die. It takes an effort to really dig through the crap and find anything worth shelling out the cash to sit in a theater and watch something this time of year, but I’ll do it so you don’t have to. My (extremely short) list after the jump:

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Monthly Preview: November 2013

First off, apologies for the lack of content this past week; things have been kinda stressful in the real world, hopefully I can get the rant machine back on track going into November.

And speaking of November… holy SHIT is this month a desolate wasteland of moviegoing. I can’t recall the last time the options this late in the year were this uninteresting to me. A large part of this is that several movies that were intended to get a release this month have been pushed back to December for one reason or another. But regardless of the reason, the remaining movies slated for November are by and large uninteresting; I had to stretch to even get the list as long as it is now. So, without further ado here’s my guide to the slowest November ever, after the jump.

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