FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

Like most franchise movies of the past decade, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald begins en media res. And like most franchise movies of the past decade, the filmmakers aren’t interested in catching you up on who’s who, what’s at stake, or even what’s going on. It’s up to you to come to the cinema like good little Hermione Grangers with every book, movie, and Pottermore article fully digested and ready to be regurgitated at the drop of a hat. Not that it’s going to make Grindelwald any less boring, but at least you will know who is talking to … Continue reading FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

STEVE JOBS

The new film from director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs, marks the third cinematic interpretation of Apple’s storied co-founder in the past two years — Jobs (Joshua Michael Stern, 2013) and Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (Alex Gibney, 2015) were the previous two. I have seen all three and still cannot answer the question my sister posed after the credits rolled for this iteration: “Why are people so fascinated by him?” Is it because the products his company produced are so integral to our day-to-day lives? Because we find Apple products so aesthetically pleasing? So intuitive? … Continue reading STEVE JOBS

INHERENT VICE

The Academy Awards nominations for achievement in motion pictures arts and sciences have been announced and thus, the usual hand wringing and nay saying has commenced. The Academy does excellent work throughout the year, but it is always their winter show that attracts the most attention, money and opinions. Although the list of sixty nominees is an impressive one, one of the aggravating aspects again lies in the Motion Picture Category where voters are allotted ten slots to choose the best theatrically released movies of the year. Four years ago the category expanded from five nominees to ten, and for one … Continue reading INHERENT VICE