Josh Brolin

Oct 6 2015

Sicario

“You are not a wolf”, imparts enigmatic operative Alejandro to relatively green FBI agent Kate Macer, as if she didn’t already know. “Sicario” is composed of wolves, and the precarious realm in which they exist requires a certain moral flexibility that Macer doesn’t seem to possess. After discovering dozens of corpses encapsulated in the walls of an […]
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Jan 9 2015

Inherent Vice

Famed arthouse director Paul Thomas Anderson’s films are known for their interesting scripts, sprawling cast ensembles, odd twists, and wonderfully off-beat characterizations, often bordering on playful caricature. Booming onto the scene in 1996 with his film Hard Eight (also known as Sydney in other parts of the world), a deep character study of a hitman […]
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Jan 9 2015

“Inherent Vice” – Mike’s Review

To some audiences (and I won’t profess to know who they are), “Inherent Vice” is probably that ingenious fusion of noir crime saga and culturally insightful stoner satire that is being hailed as “one of the best pictures of the year”. For the rest of us, who see very little substance behind the haze of bong […]
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Aug 22 2014

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Frank Miller’s sprawling tales of Sin City (that’s “Basin City” with the “Ba” shot to hell on the road sign at the city limits) are constructed from the hard-boiled and the heartbroken. The sleazy and the sordid. The soulless and the virtuous. The righteous and the wicked. As Denzel Washington said in the film Glory, […]
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Jul 31 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

Up until now, the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films have been fairly straightforward, serious affairs. For sure, there’s been a lot of humor bounding through them, most notably from Robert Downey, Jr’s self-deprecating performances in the Iron Man films and Marvel’s The Avengers. But for the most part, these movies focus largely […]
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Nov 26 2013

Oldboy

Note: This is a spoiler free review of “Oldboy”. Spike Lee’s remake of the 2003 Korean film “Oldboy” is a visually alluring blend of noir thriller, action flick and “Twilight Zone” episode, but it lacks the discipline to keep all these components from getting in the way of one another as it transitions from creepy, cerebral […]
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