Film Review: A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born written by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper and directed by Bradley Cooper (Warner Bros. Pictures, Live Nation Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, R, 136 min) Starring Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, Rafi Gavron, Anthony Ramos, and Dave Chappelle. Chasing the Profound What makes something profound? What conditions of elements must mix together to create a compelling mélange? Surely, surprise must operate as a key element. That which is typical tends not to point toward profundity. We’ve seen it before. It also seems as if relatability acts as a key pillar. If an artwork doesn’t feel human, it likely doesn’t pull at the emotional depths of what makes us who we are. But, it feels like… Read More →

Film Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri written and directed by Martin McDonagh (Blueprint Pictures, Film 4, Fox Searchlight Pictures, R, 115 min) Starring Frances McDormand, Caleb Landry Jones, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, and Peter Dinklage. On Magnetism The term magnetic paints an evocative picture about a personality. From a young age, magnetism draws puerile fascination. Magnets make scientists out of us all. We place them farther and farther apart hoping to see where the magical pull finally loses its sway. We change dimension, trying to understand how a magnet can pull against gravity as an equal and opposite force. We add velocity to magnets, hoping to understand whether inertia holds more influence than the force clamping the magnets together…. Read More →

Film Review: American Hustle

American Hustle

American Hustle written by Eric Singer and David O. Russell, directed by David O. Russell (Atlas Entertainment, Annapurna Pictures, R, 138 min) Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence. The Long Con There are days when I feel as if life is a long con. Sometimes it seems like our actions and the ways we relate to each other reflect some sort of cosmic joke. When you think about it, life is a little absurd. We function; create value in society; find love and connect to each other in marriage. How did this complicated puzzle come together? Is it possible that the other shoe might drop? David O. Russell’s American Hustle delights in the absurdity… Read More →

Film Review: Argo

Argo directed by Ben Affleck, written by Chris Terrio and Tony Mendez (Warner Bros. Pictures, GK Films, Smoke House, R, 120 minutes) Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman. Transformers I’m not sure why some movies receive high praise. I remember the year when everyone couldn’t get enough of Transformers. It seemed to be the ultimate movie; it satisfied action aficionados; it had enough narrative quality to hold the attention of critics. But when I saw Transformers, I was severely disappointed. With bad acting, unimpressive graphics, and a poor script, I found nothing redeemable from the film. Transformers seems to offer an intriguing analog to another film receiving high praise from this current award season, Argo. When… Read More →