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Considering Ellen Page

While I was watching the remake of Flatliners collapse into a pile of goo, I realized that Ellen Page is stuck. It's not just...

Keith Black’s Summer Break

While most schoolteachers are steeling themselves for the school year ahead, Keith Black has something else going on. The high-school math teacher from the...

R.I.P., Jonathan Demme

Like everyone else, I was saddened to hear about the death of Jonathan Demme, who passed away last night at age 73. I thought...

Friends Gather In Fort Worth To Remember Bill Paxton

Laughs outnumbered the tears during last night’s tribute to actor Bill Paxton. And that's just how the fun-loving Paxton would have wanted it, his...

A Crank’s Take On The Academy Awards

My annual Academy Awards tailgate party is struggling. I didn’t invite anyone, so nobody showed. Also, I sold my truck and no longer own...

R.I.P., Seijun Suzuki

One of the giants of Japanese cinema passed away last week. The news has only now come filtering to us from Tokyo that Seijun...

R.I.P., Om Puri

I had to take a break from my recapping of the films of 2016 to report on some sad news out of India. The...

The Best Filmmaking Debuts of 2016

Another of my favorite movie posts of the year is my annual list of the best showings by first-time directors. As usual, this means...

The Best Lead Performances of 2016

Having just posted my picks for the past year's best supporting performances, it only makes sense that I follow it up with my best...

The Best Supporting Performances of 2016

If there's a repeat of #OscarsSoWhite when the nominations get announced next month, we'll know the Trump voters have taken over the Academy, because...