‘Nomadland’ and the road not taken

I watched Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” on my laptop. It is an ugly sight — a Samsung I’ve had since my freshman year of high school that can no longer even be described as stainless steel, due to a variety of brown and silver splotches I’ve so graciously adorned it with. It takes approximately five minutes… Continue reading ‘Nomadland’ and the road not taken

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ meets the moment

“Judas and the Black Messiah” is no biopic, at least not by any average measure. It is, first and foremost, a thriller — a crackling piece of political, social and historical intrigue that resurrects the ‘70s stylings of Sidney Lumet, whose collaborations with Al Pacino on classics like “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Serpico” laid the… Continue reading ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ meets the moment

Screaming and shouting at ‘Malcolm & Marie’

I’m going to start this review by talking about film critics, not so much because I’d like to but because writer/director Sam Levinson, with “Malcolm & Marie,” has created a situation in which I must. In the new Netflix film, John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman,” “Tenet”) portrays a director, and today was the premiere of his… Continue reading Screaming and shouting at ‘Malcolm & Marie’

‘Borat 2’: Don’t let me be misunderstood

Back in 2014, director David Fincher — in a rare public appearance — spoke at San Diego Comic-Con at a panel celebrating the 15th anniversary of his cult film turned classic, “Fight Club.” While there, the two-time Oscar nominee shared a story. ”My daughter had a friend named Max,” he said. “She told me ‘Fight… Continue reading ‘Borat 2’: Don’t let me be misunderstood

‘Dick Johnson Is Dead’ breathes life into 2020 moviegoing

Dick Johnson is dead. Well, sort of. Not really. The 86-year-old psychologist is still kicking but with a little less verve than usual. He’s scheduling different clients at the same time, asking the same questions only minutes apart and just the other day, he drove through a construction site on four flat tires. Like his… Continue reading ‘Dick Johnson Is Dead’ breathes life into 2020 moviegoing