1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 2. 48 Hrs. 3. Blade Runner 4. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan 5. Fast Times At Ridgemont High 6. Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean 7. Rocky III 8. The Thing 9. Honkytonk Man 10. Poltergeist – Cinema Enthusiast, 08/23/2016
“The production is hyper-sexualized in an incredibly creepy way, with leering butt-shots of countless cartoon hookers and lingering, appreciative views of Barbara in her underwear. These adolescent power fantasies have grown toxic, and their treatment of women reveals a pathological, deep-seated fear and loathing on the part of fans and creators.” – North Shore Movies, 08/19/2016
“Point Blank is about as close as a mainstream narrative movie can get to not having a present tense. Elliptical and overlapping, Walker’s disconnected memories flicker across the picture and soundtrack, turning scenes into jigsaw puzzles for the audience to assemble as we go along. It’s like if Alain Resnais directed The Terminator.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/10/2016
JASON BOURNE * *
Starring Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones. Screenplay by Paul Greengrass and Christopher Rouse. Directed by Paul Greengrass.
Had a blast sitting in with fellow Boston Online Film Critics Association members Dave Riedel and Evan Crean to spoil this week’s new releases. I hadn’t seen Jason Bourne yet so I attempted to predict everything that happens in the movie. Later I tried to talk Woody Allen-hating Dave into seeing Cafe Society and of course we ended up discussing Wesley Snipes. – Spoilerpiece Theatre, 07/29/2016
“I like the idea that you can subvert that initial judgement and impression, and you can get to know people and fall in love with them and see their humanity. The idea I could do that with these three women in this film was exciting to me. The world is hungry for real women. Not movie women. We are complex people, and that needs to be shown.” – Boston Reel, 07/27/2016
“It’s a strange picture. A melancholic dirge in the guise of a comic bauble, at once light as a feather and pitilessly sad, Café Society is Woody Allen’s best since Midnight In Paris. They’ll make a great double bill someday, both films interrogating a warm and fuzzy nostalgia that’s incredibly soothing and ultimately useless.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/22/2016