— by Jeff Schultz Jackhammer-relentless crude language that quickly gets old, layered over with the kind of sexual innuendo only Beavis and Butthead would laugh at, and tied to an unsubtle allegory on atheism — can you blame me for not staying to the end?
-- by Jeff Schultz Tense and violent, but don’t expect the kind of hide-your-eyes scary where your heart is racing and you’re gasping for air. None of the bloodshed in this cat and mice drama has the glorious kick of a Tarantino or Sam Raimi (who executive produced). In fact, the killings and what-you-think-are-killings step … Continue reading DON’T BREATHE
by Alan Yudman There have been plenty of good animated movies, but Pixar has owned the high ground of tugging at the heart strings without being too sappy. KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS is the latest from Laika, the studio that produced CORALINE. Pixar better keep an eye on their rear view mirror because Laika … Continue reading KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
by Alan Yudman Family. Brotherhood. 99 percent versus one percent. These are just some of the themes addressed in HELL OR HIGH WATER. And they are all given a thorough vetting without any preaching on the part of the filmmakers. And that makes this film a powerful story, well told and brilliantly executed by David … Continue reading HELL OR HIGH WATER
by Alan Yudman I have been enjoying Cameron Crowe's new Showtime series, ROADIES. This has been a world that has fascinated me. I even tried to interview members of Springsteen's crew back in the '80's, but couldn't make it happen. While I have enjoyed the show, it is also enormously frustrating. It is set against … Continue reading ROADIES