Monthly Archives: August 2012

Savages Capsule Review

Originally, I was supposed to review Savages for Paste, but due to some personal matters, I had to pass on the review. Here was my introduction, which makes for a sort of capsule review:

Whatever you do, don’t listen to all the chatter—Savages doesn’t mark the “return” of Oliver Stone. That’s not just because he never went anywhere, but it’s also because his new film is simply passable. Whereas the veteran director usually says it like it is—a straightforwardness I find refreshing—here he wallows in ambiguity. His half Buddhist, half pro-drug message gets muddled in an over-extended, sometimes exciting slosh of pulp.

What Batman Says About Us

Before the release of The Dark Knight Rises, I wrote an article on Christopher Nolan’s popular Batman series, specifically what the films say about us as a culture.

Read the article at Relevant.

Yes, We Need Critics

A few years ago I wrote a piece for Relevant Magazine that argued why we need film critics. If I wrote the article today, I’m convinced it would look drastically different (for many reasons), but despite my dissatisfaction with the piece, I’d still like to archive it here on the blog.

Read the article at Relevant.

Red Hook Summer Review

All too typical of a Spike Lee joint, Red Hook Summer is bound to leave you utterly conflicted, overwhelmed with both admiration and frustration.

Read my review at Christianity Today.


360 Review

With all due respect to Fernando Meirelles, the director behind the terrific 2002 gangster flick City of God, the Brazilian filmmaker’s new film is so bad that it almost feels like a sin to take the time to write about it.

Read my review at Paste.

The Watch Review

Only a handful of scenes sticks with you—a bad indicator for any film. From a motorcycle jump at the local swimming pool to several fights between father and son to an endless list of one-liners, this certainly wasn’t the case for Schaffer’s Hot Rod.

Read my review at Christianity Today.

Alps Review

Alps proves a superior example of defamiliarization, enhancing our perception of the familiar via the unfamiliar.

Read my review at Paste.