Movie Review: “Ready Player One”

I will say right up front that I have two very distinct sets of feelings about “Ready Player One.” The first of these notes how much fun it is to sit there and point out each and every visual in the film that borrows a character or an idea from my youth.  Steven Spielberg’s work here,… Read More

Going Back-to-Back-to-Back to the Future

This past weekend, I took my daughter to the movies.  That, in and of itself, isn’t particularly special – she’ll go to the movies with me no fewer than three times this week.  No, what makes it special is that we sat there and watched all three “Back to the Future” movies in a row.… Read More

Movie Review: “Pacific Rim Uprising”

I am not a huge fan of the first “Pacific Rim” movie.  The Guillermo del Toro movie may feature great actions sequences and a stirring speech or two, but the main storyline is a strictly paint-by-numbers affair, one we have all seen told before and told better.  Some of the kooky science-y bits are fun… Read More

Is There an Upside to “Downsizing?”

Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” arrives on Blu-ray this week and with that arrival we have some important questions to ask.  Chief amongst these is why exactly does the film take a sharp turn to the bad after it starts off so well? The answer to that may be obvious, but it is a question worth asking… Read More

Movie Review: “Isle of Dogs”

Wes Anderson is a filmmaker truly adept at crafting an image.  Every frame feels carefully composed, every camera angle considered. Watching a Wes Anderson film one gets the sense that they are truly witnessing his vision on screen and a story that is being told in the exact manner he wanted to tell it.  Whether the… Read More

Movie Review: “Tomb Raider”

At the opening of the new “Tomb Raider” film, our heroine, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), gets beaten quite badly while sparring in the ring.  The scene is poorly shot, with quick cuts and a bouncing camera that make it difficult to discern exactly what is taking place outside of Lara losing. Beyond that, however, it lets… Read More

Director Rachel Israel on her Process with “Keep the Change”

Today’s “Lass is More” podcast features a discussion with Rachel Israel, the writer and director of “Keep the Change,” which is out in New York this week and L.A. next week.  The film centers on people with autism and her cast features people with autism as well.  The director talks to us about her process,… Read More