“Breaking Bad” and the Tragedy of Skyler White
2017

“Breaking Bad” and the Tragedy of Skyler White

Skyler White did not deserve your hatred. The treatment and appraisal Skyler got from “fans” of Breaking Bad illustrates, perhaps even more-so than the lampooning…

“John Wick: Chapter 2” (2017): The Marksman’s Marker (Review)
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“John Wick: Chapter 2” (2017): The Marksman’s Marker (Review)

To what extent can the law’s ultimate body and voice be exempt from its own rules? We may have to wait for the next movie…

“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (2010) (Episodes 1-3): The Bloody, Messy Beginning of a Legend (TV Review)
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“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (2010) (Episodes 1-3): The Bloody, Messy Beginning of a Legend (TV Review)

Four years ago, I attended my very first early screening. It wasn’t a movie or a sneak peek at a trailer. It was for the…

“Live By Night” (2016): Or Hanging Around at Night? (Review)
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“Live By Night” (2016): Or Hanging Around at Night? (Review)

Live By Night has all of the pieces to be something exceptional. It has a proven director and writer in Ben Affleck, a stellar cast,…

“Rogue One” Is Not Canon
2016

“Rogue One” Is Not Canon

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story contradicts the established facts of Star Wars. Merits of the film aside, it is, for that reason, an illegitimate…

“Kubo and the Two Strings” (2016): Stop Motion At Its Most Moving (Review)
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“Kubo and the Two Strings” (2016): Stop Motion At Its Most Moving (Review)

Mythology comes to life in Laika Animation’s new masterpiece Kubo and The Two Strings. Maybe this reveals more about me than about the films, but…

“The Aviator” (2004): A Burning Boyhood (Review)
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“The Aviator” (2004): A Burning Boyhood (Review)

I am genuinely amazed at just how well this films holds up today. It has probably been exactly a decade since I’ve watched this, and…

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016): The Sudden Silencing of Inspiration (Review)
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“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016): The Sudden Silencing of Inspiration (Review)

Can a film functioning presented as a prequel to a much-beloved work of genuine art craft or rework its inspiration into a valuable and resonant…

“Hacksaw Ridge” (2016): A Profile of Standing Courage in a Year of Kneeling (Review)
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“Hacksaw Ridge” (2016): A Profile of Standing Courage in a Year of Kneeling (Review)

Is 2016 the year of Mel Gibson? It may be too early to tell, but between starring in the action epic Blood Father and then…

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (2016) Ninjas! Direwolves! Child Welfare! (Review)
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“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (2016) Ninjas! Direwolves! Child Welfare! (Review)

There is perhaps no other filmmaker in the world like Taika Waititi. Combining heart-felt stories, a wonderful sense of humor, and the Kiwi whimsy of…