Monthly Archives: April 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

No, it’s not better than The Avengers, but it’s certainly a step above and a step to the side from other superhero films. CAWS brings back the dark days of the paranoid political thrillers of the 1970’s complete with Robert … Continue reading

Posted in Film Reviews, Newer films | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Noah

What a fascinating mess Noah is. It’s beautiful to look at, epic in scope, has solid and committed acting, and is, in far too many ways, completely ridiculous. Anyone expecting any real fidelity to the Biblical story of Noah will … Continue reading

Posted in Film Reviews, Newer films | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hallelujah (1929)

Finally filled a gap in my film experience with a viewing of Hallelujah, directed by King Vidor in 1929. It’s another Rorschach test for viewers, who will see any number of things in this second all-black-cast film (and first all-black-cast … Continue reading

Posted in Film Reviews, Older Films | Leave a comment

Let’s Look Over the Fence: A Necessary Correction

In my old theater classes, we were taught that Oklahoma! (1943) was the first Broadway musical where the songs advanced the plot. Called the first “integrated musical,” it has grabbed its rightful spot as the first of the “modern” stage … Continue reading

Posted in Think Pieces | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Divergent

The franchise that is Divergent will most likely be remembered for giving Shailene Woodley her first lead role. Many comparisons have been made with The Hunger Games films, as both feature a strong young woman played by an upcoming actress … Continue reading

Posted in Film Reviews, Newer films | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment