Film Reviews

The Most Powerful Piece of Film Criticism Ever Written

Noah Berlatsky reflects on James Baldwin’s The Devil Finds Work, a book-length essay on race and America and cinema which movingly demonstrates that analysis of art can be art itself. Who’s the greatest American movie critic? A lot of folks probably would say Pauline Kael or David Bordwell or Manny Farber; some might argue for more academic Read MoreRead More

The Clash of the Film and Theater Mediums: Why “Les Miserables” Falls Flat

I went to a Christmas Day screening of Les Miserables. After writing about the lead up and seeing all the behind-the-scenes featurettes, I was excited to see how the amazing production design and the bold experiment of recording live singing would come together. I left the theater that night not totally satisfied but not totally let down either. After a few days of reflection and a little bit of emotional distance, I think I can derive a bit more rationale analysis on the film’s production approach and how it may have contributed to the uneven effect of the film.

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Video Review: Star Trek (2009)

“Gospel John” Hess reviews Star Trek, an origins film of the popular science fiction franchise. See Star Trek (2009) on Director: J.J. Abrams Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Ben Cross, Winona Ryder Studio: Read MoreRead More

Video Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

“Gospel John” Hess reviews X-Men Origins: Wolverine – the prequel to the X-men Franchise by director Gavin Hood. X-Men Origins: Wolverine on Directed by Gavin Hood Screenplay by: David Benioff and Skip Woods Staring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Will i Am, Lynn Collins , Kevin Durand, Dominic Monaghan, Taylor Kitsch, Daniel Henney,  Read MoreRead More

Video Review: Observe and Report

“Gospel John” Hess reviews Observe and Report a new comedy written and directed by Jody Hill, one of the creators of Foot Fist Way. Observe and Report on Directed and Written by: Jody Hill Staring: Seth Rogen, Ray Liotta, Michael Peña, Anna Faris, Dan Bakkedahl Release Date: April 10, 2009 MPAA Rating: R Distributed Read MoreRead More

Review: Dragonball Evolution

Dragonball:Evolution is based on the 1980′s anime series Dragonball. It is the story of Goku, a young boy raised by his grandfather in the ways of fighting and using his “ki” for energy attacks. The evil Piccolo is scouring the earth for the 7 Dragonballs which he’ll use to make a single wish- to rule Earth. Goku must find a way to stop this menace accompanied by kung fu legend Master Roshi, adventurer Bulma, thief Yamcha, and Goku’s love interest Chi-Chi.

This movie is, in a word, “GARBAGE!”Read More

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