Tag Archives: John Goodman

March 11

Kong: Skull Island

In a brilliant piece of marketing, Kong: Skull Island strategically aligned itself in the same vein as the Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now. Those looking for a blockbuster take on Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic film should temper their expectations. While Apocalypse’s influences can be felt from a stylistic standpoint, the South Pacific sun looms as […]

December 08

The Gambler

Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), an associate literature professor at a local University, is an all or nothing type of guy who firmly believes if you can’t excel at a task you should just give it up. He brings this attitude to his job as well. When not confronting his students with highly personal questions, Bennett […]

February 10

The Monuments Men

Last week I wrote a piece talking about how it is unwise to judge a film’s worth simply based on the casting news. George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, The Monuments Men, is a perfect example of this. Before its release ultimately got pushed back, the film was near the top of many people’s 2013 “must-see” […]

January 01

Inside Llewyn Davis

Opening with a simple subtitle, The Gaslight 1961, we meet Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) on stage singing a tune into a gleaming silver microphone. The song is melodic, slow and hushed. It nicely sets the stage for both the character and the journey we are about to embark on with him. Inside Llewyn Davis is […]

September 12

TIFF Review: The Artist

The Artist There is a moment early on in The Artist where silent film star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) tries to make amends with angry wife Doris (Penelope Ann Miller) by attempting to lighten the tension in the room. George and his dog commence a simple comedic routine in unison that brings a smile to […]