Goodness vs. Greatness
I’m writing this post because I love to debate about the relative quality of works of art, the characteristics that comprise good and bad art, and – yes – the semantic distinctions between words that we like to use a lot. (My favorite example: When is it appropriate to use ‘douchebaggery’ as opposed to ‘douchebagginess’? Such questions inspired spirited debates in my college dorm room. The answer...
'Inception' and a Moratorium on Comic Book...
I just read Mark Harris’s article over at GQ on the state of the American film industry and it seems like a good place to start on topic that I’ve had in mind for a while but haven’t quite figured out how to tackle. For those who don’t want to take the time to read the full article, Harris essentially reviews the current state of the American film industry and points out (not for the first time)...
Great Trailers for Bad Movies: Bruno →
‘Bruno,’ 2009. Simply awful.
The Most Overrated War Movie Ever?
Or, The AFI List Project #58: The Deer Hunter From Annie Hall we jump 23 places down the list to the movie that won Best Picture the following year and which also featured Christopher Walken. There the resemblance ends, however. The Deer Hunter, Michael Cimino’s Vietnam War epic, is one of the most highly praised war films ever. It might also be one of the most overrated: it’s at least half an...
Great Movie Trailers for Terrible Movies
I love movies, and no movie-going experience is complete without the four or five previews before your feature starts. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I’m disappointed if I miss the trailers and the accompanying whispers of either, “Oh, that looks awesome,” or “Wow, there is no way that that movie can possibly be good.” But let’s face...
The AFI List Project, #35: 'Annie Hall'
A short post this week - I don’t have much to say about this one. We’re mixing it up a little bit as we get back into the AFI project, skipping four films in the rankings that I haven’t seen yet to go to #35, the 1977 Woody Allen comedy Annie Hall. Annie Hall was one of very few comedies to win Best Picture since its release, and one of only two out-and-out romantic comedies (the other was...