How “The Godfather Saga” Ruined the Corleone Story
1977

How “The Godfather Saga” Ruined the Corleone Story

Chronology is overrated. The Godfather Saga is an official TV special produced by Francis Ford Coppola and edited by Barry Malkin. It smashes together scenes…

“Geostorm” (2017): The Best Movie Ever Made (Review)
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“Geostorm” (2017): The Best Movie Ever Made (Review)

I was wrong. I have spent my entire life being wrong about everything. Wrong on movies, wrong on politics, wrong on life; my twelve steps…

“Logan Lucky” (2017): Homegrown Affectation (Review)
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“Logan Lucky” (2017): Homegrown Affectation (Review)

It’s poetry that I saw Logan Lucky shortly after seeing Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Both are cinematic odd ducks – works of sly populism that…

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017): Implausible Genius (Review)
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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017): Implausible Genius (Review)

I once heard it argued that Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar only work as a duo because Vaughn satirizes Millar the way Paul Verhoeven satirizes…

“Game of Thrones” Season 7 Did Not Jump the Shark
2017

“Game of Thrones” Season 7 Did Not Jump the Shark

It jumped the shark years ago and became a Flea Bottom dweller’s Tolkien/Meyer. That’s why Season 7 exists as it is. A lot of internet…

“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…

“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,…

“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…

“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…