Film

The Topanga Film Festival is Back

Urs Baur has revived the Topanga Film Festival (TFF) to showcase a selection of short films and three award-winning features over three days, August 16, 17, and 18. The festival begins with…

Strange Things…More Like “Sampled Things”

The ignorance of youth has never been more glaring. To be clear and to make it official, Michael Bay is officially off the hook. Any and all shorthand for lazy directing or…

Dark Phoenix: Not With a Bang, But With a Whimper

All the things left undone in the final X-Men movie would’ve made for a better ending. Twelve films in and, yes, the tagline is true: The X-Men’s greatest enemy is itself. If…

Endgame Rewrites Its Own History

After the sour note of “Infinity War,” the Russo Brothers end this chapter on a high note. Eleven years and 21 films for one moment. For the actors in the Marvel Cinematic…

The Battle for Winterfell Victorious

An all-time episode clears the path for Game of Throne’s final episodes. To get a truly visceral reaction to Episode 3 of Game of Thrones, The Battle of Winterfell, my show notes…

The Dirt Couldn’t Be More Sterile

Raunchy rockers get revisionist spit shine instead of unabashed truth. Since their inception, Mötley Crüe has made their bones on being the kings of sleaze. It’s baffling as a fan of the…

Marwen is Dead on Arrival

Zemeckis fails in deciding what type of film to make. It’s completely apropos that Welcome to Marwen comes out during the holiday. It’s much like a fruitcake. You have fruit, which is…