Twelve: The Space Between Us, Daddy Issues, and Appreciating the Wonders in Our Own Backyard

Oh boy. I plead very guilty to initially hoping that The Space Between Us might be a decent enough YA-targeted film. It has a number of vaguely interesting elements that might have been strung together to make a vaguely interesting movie, or, say, one that was better than the last Nicolas Sparks movie I had the … Continue reading Twelve: The Space Between Us, Daddy Issues, and Appreciating the Wonders in Our Own Backyard

Nine: Air Force One, The American Dream President, and Nostalgic Patriotism

Welcome to 1997! Bill Clinton is the real-life president, Hillary is dutifully performing her First Lady tasks, we have yet to experience the era of Marvel's 500 Avengers flicks, The Matrix will not be released for another two years, Julia Roberts and Harrison Ford are our highest-paid movie stars, and the world is rocking its pre-9/11 … Continue reading Nine: Air Force One, The American Dream President, and Nostalgic Patriotism

Eight: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Grief, and Goodbyes

Confession: I watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II a few months ago, and have been putting off blogging about the film. There's plenty of material to feast on in Deathly Hallows, Harry's final chapter, where it All Goes Down: the near destruction of Harry, his pals, and the institution of Hogwarts at … Continue reading Eight: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Grief, and Goodbyes

Seven: The Backwoods, Depression, and The Manliness of Carrying Your Own Shotgun

I was feeling a little depressed last week when I settled in for my screening of The Backwoods on my laptop. I know, I know, watching movies on one's laptop is not primo, not if you're a REAL CINEMA fan, but as I said I was feeling low and liked the idea of holding off … Continue reading Seven: The Backwoods, Depression, and The Manliness of Carrying Your Own Shotgun

Six: Lost in Space, the horrors of ’98, villainous career advice, and life lessons from Vincent Price

And here we have it! The first truly, truly terrible movie from Gary Oldman's oeuvre that I've hit this year. When I say this movie is heinous, I'm not joking. Just when you think the cinematic dust has settled (and there's a lot of literal dust in this movie. Space dust?), just when you start … Continue reading Six: Lost in Space, the horrors of ’98, villainous career advice, and life lessons from Vincent Price

Five: Sid & Nancy, videotapes, tragic romance, and The Artist’s Responsibility

Gary Oldman doesn't like Sid & Nancy. He and the director, Alex Cox, don't seem to like one another at all, actually. Cox's issue with his once-lead actor seem to have to do with his objections to Oldman trashing the movie, which, other than Repo Man, is Cox's strongest film. Oldman, in response to questions … Continue reading Five: Sid & Nancy, videotapes, tragic romance, and The Artist’s Responsibility

Four: Criminal, Limitations of Independence, and Personal Growth

I went to go see Criminal last week on a Friday afternoon, by myself. Admittedly, 4:45PM is not necessarily when the big crowds roll in, but it still counts as the weekend, so I was surprised to find that I had the theatre all to myself. I knew the movie had pretty much bombed on … Continue reading Four: Criminal, Limitations of Independence, and Personal Growth

Three: Track 29, The Love Ladder, and the Unexpected Value of Ugliness

Track 29’s ranking on the Oldometer: 6/10 Gary Oldman character quality: If Martin were written to be real flesh and blood, this character would not make a whit of sense, however as we are not sure how much of him is real, Oldman has the chance to get weird, and boy does he. Martin is the best … Continue reading Three: Track 29, The Love Ladder, and the Unexpected Value of Ugliness

One: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Character Building, and The Gift of Loss

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix's ranking on the Oldometer: 5/10 Gary Oldman character quality: Sirius Black is troubled, interesting, solid. Also has great hair. Does Gary die in this one? Yep. I didn't read the Harry Potter books when I was a kid. I recognize that this is weird for a millennial, … Continue reading One: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Character Building, and The Gift of Loss