Top 10 Worst Movies of 2019

How? How could one person see this many terrible movies in one year? Was I perhaps stricken with some mysterious curse? The answer is much simpler: cinematic masochism. Yes, I spent last year seeking out the worst movies I could find every bit as voraciously as I sought out the best, as I do every […]

Ezra’s Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2019

As always, it is important to stress that this list is a compilation of my ten personal favorite movies of the year, and not necessarily the “best,” though I do consider the top three to be timeless, unassailable classics. The bottom three are, on the other hand, a few that I feel have not gotten […]

The 1939 movie year: First in a series.

A recent question on Jeopardy reminded me 1939 was a banner year for the release of the greatest number of quality films ever in a single year. Most were the product of the studio system. I will briefly discuss some of my favorites, starting with my favorite film genre, the Western. Jesse James ( “He […]

The Gentlemen

Film Title

The Gentlemen

Synopsis

A smooth-talking drug lord tries to sell his marijuana business, which is still illegal in 2020 somehow.

Director

Guy Ritchie

Cast

Matthew McConaughey
Charlie Hunnam
Michelle Dockery
Hugh Grant
Jeremy Strong
Henry Golding
Colin Farrell
Eddie Marsan

Travel well indeed. Guy Ritchie needed a win. After the success of his two Sherlock Holmes films in 2009 and 2011, people largely ignored the very good The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) was an unmitigated disaster, and the Aladdin remake (2019) was a pile of shit that was […]

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

Film Title

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Synopsis

One of the greatest love stories ever told. A Portrait and two ladies.

Director

Celine Sciamma

Cast

Noemie Merlant
Adele Haenel
Luana Bajrami
Valeria Golino

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a French film written and directed by Celine Scaimma. If ever a movie exhibits the concept of every frame being a painting, this is the one. After seeing Call Me By Your Name, I never thought that I would see a love story as touching and mesmerizing, but […]

Troop Zero

Film Title

Troop Zero

Synopsis

A group of kids work to have their voices heard by aliens. Seriously.

Director

Bert and Bertie

Cast

Viola Davis
Mckenna Grace
Allison Janney
Jim Gaffigan
Charlie Shotwell
Milan Ray
Johanna Colon
Bella Higginbotham

A tale of two movies. Sitting next to each other, in the same theater on the same night, my wife and I saw two entirely different movies. I saw a heartwarming movie with adorable, courageous kids, a solid story, and a tight running time that kept the film from meandering. My wife saw a jumbled, […]

Bad Boys for Life

Film Title

Bad Boys for Life

Synopsis

Two detectives try to relive the glory days.

Director

Adil el Arbi, Bilal Fallah

Cast

Will Smith
Martin Lawrence
Joe Pantoliano
Jacob Scipio
Alexander Ludwig
Charles Melton
Kate del Castillo
Paola Nunez
Vanessa Hudgens

So this is what death throes look like. When I was a sophomore in high school, I was a little too talkative one day during math class. My teacher told me stay after the bell rung, and, once everyone else had left the room, told me I could not leave until I acted like a […]

Dolittle

Film Title

Dolittle

Synopsis

A man who can talk to animals goes on a quest to destroy his career now that Ironman is dead.

Director

Stephen Gaghan

Cast

Robert Downey Jr.
Antonio Banderas
Michael Sheen
Harry Collett
Jim Broadbent
Half of Hollywood (Voices)

Do you smell something? It seems almost unfair to write about Dolittle. Why on Earth would a movie with a $175 million budget and starring Robert Downey Jr. be opening in the armpit of the Hollywood calendar known as January? All the kids are back in school, almost everyone blew all of their spending money […]

Dark Waters

Film Title

Dark Waters

Synopsis

Just another example of blood on the hands of DuPont Chemical

Director

Todd Haynes

Cast

Mark Ruffalo
Anne Hathaway
Tim Robbins
Bill Camp
Bill Pullman

The French born Chemist E. I. du Pont arrived in the United States on January 1st 1800, a symbolic date for several reasons. (Aaron Burr came within a hair’s breadth of becoming president in the election of that year). In 1802 he established a factory in Wilmington Delaware to manufacture gun powder, using the improved formula of […]

Ford v. Ferrari: A Final Look

Film Title

Ford v. Ferrari

Synopsis

Two Guys with some Hot Wheels

Director

James Mangold

Cast

Matt Damon
Christian Bale
Josh Lucas
Tracy Letts
Caitriona Balfe
Remo Girone
Jon Bernthal

The first thing you notice about Ford v Ferrari is the sound, even before the first frame of picture. The telltale sound of motor racing. Cars speeding by. The Doppler effect, changes of perspective, gears changing, the sound of breaks, wheels on the track. The crowds. Sounds there throughout the racing scenes. Sound that puts […]