“Less common to discover in a first feature is a story that’s been thought out in terms of images instead of just words. Natalie Portman’s directorial debut is not always a successful movie but it’s a movie through and through. She makes bold visual choices and sticks to a personal, if at times trying, aesthetic strategy. She’s a real filmmaker.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/26/2016
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
PETE’S DRAGON * * * 1 / 2
Starring Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Oona Laurence, Karl Urban and Robert Redford. Screenplay by Toby Halbrooks and David Lowery. Directed by David Lowery.
“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