I kept telling people that I was excited at the notion of composer Mark Mothersbaugh doing the music for Thor: Ragnarok because he did all the music I loved from Wes Anderson’s movies. What I COMPLETELY forgot to also say is that he was also the founder and a main creative force for the band Devo. The track above is called “Grandmaster Jam Session” and … Continue reading WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE GUY FROM DEVO DOING THE MUSIC FOR THOR: RAGNAROK
*Some Light SPOILERS* It’s been a few weeks since I powered through the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and while I certainly enjoyed the manic silliness of the whole show (which was created by the 30 Rock folks Tina Fey and Robert Carlock), the thing I find myself thinking about the most is that amazing little theme song. Basically, I love it because it’s super … Continue reading A… UH… YOU KNOW… UH… FASCINATING TRANSITION: THE UNSHAKEABLE THEME SONG TO UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
*Some Big Spoilers for Snowpiercer* There was a time when I loved nothing more in a movie, TV show, or comic than a good old fashioned eleventh hour betrayal. There’s obviously a proud literary tradition of betrayal in fiction that includes the Bible, Milton, and Shakespeare, but here are a couple of random but well-known contemporary examples: The Empire Strikes Back. The first season of … Continue reading I THINK WE’RE ALL BASICALLY DONE WITH BETRAYAL, RIGHT?
Back in February I posted a thing about The CW show Arrow, which is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. I fell off watching it for a while, because of things like Mad Men, House of Cards, and Game of Thrones, but now I am back, smack in the doldrums of the middle of the first season. The series started very strongly and … Continue reading THE CW’S ARROW: ONE LAST THOUGHT AND THEN I WILL SHUT UP ABOUT IT
I really don’t want to be a hater two years in advance of the Batman vs. Superman movie — which we learned yesterday will be a courtroom drama called Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — but the “Sad Batman” meme that has emerged in wake of that first look at Ben Affleck as Batman has been pretty hilarious. It began when director Zack Snyder … Continue reading WHY SO SAD, BATMAN?
To commemorate the website’s return from winter hiatus, I am happy to submit this review of the Tom Cruise movie Oblivion. – SPOILERS – Oblivion is a genuinely dumb movie with a couple of truly exquisite details. Mind you, I say this as a form of praise – I would much rather watch a bad movie with some fun high points, than a wholly mediocre … Continue reading REVIEW: OBLIVION
On July 31, 2013 Dr. Geoff Klock and Mitch Montgomery met for a SPOILER-FILLED discussion about The Wolverine. The meeting was convened atop a bullet train speeding through Japan at 300 miles per hour, but portions also took place in the arty dreamspace where life, death and giant fucking samurai robots converge. These are the minutes of that discussion. Mr. Montgomery and Dr. Klock called the … Continue reading THE KLOCK MINUTES: THE WOLVERINE
Upstream Color is an undulating new tangle of a film by writer/director/actor/composer/editor/sound editor Shane Carruth, who earned a lot of well-deserved good will with his previous effort, the inside-out time travel story Primer. In terms of scope and subject matter, Upstream Color can function as a kind of secular answer to writer/director Terrence Malick’s deeply religious The Tree of Life. Where Malick pulled the camera way back in time and space to make his point that the human condition is only … Continue reading REVIEW: Upstream Color
– ONE MILD SPOILER – The Hangover Part III is the mostly enjoyable, but also mostly perfunctory conclusion to a trio of comedies that started out in a very true place: examining the way that one guy who no one knows or is really friends with always ends up at a bachelor party, and thus changes the group dynamic in a big way. Part III, however, is essentially a heist movie, dutifully built around moderately staged sky-diving, building-repelling … Continue reading REVIEW: The Hangover Part III
-SPOILERS- What at first seems to be a charming, if standard coming of age in high school story is almost rendered unrelatable by a very dark turn in the third act. Depressed freshman wallflower Charlie (played by a likable frazzled Logan Lerman) who deeply loves his friend Sam (Emma Watson, who is magnetic despite an inconsistent American accent) because she reminds him of his deceased aunt. When Charlie and Sam finally hook up, … Continue reading Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower