Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Year: 2017 Rating: R Length: 115 minutes / 1.92 hours The first film by Martin McDonagh I saw was Seven Psychopaths (2012). I enjoyed how he was able to take the audience through many entertaining twists and turns. For his follow-up film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), McDonagh has improved on the twists, […]
Posted: March 13, 2018, 9:00 pm
In Bruges Year: 2008 Rating: R Length: 107 minutes / 1.78 hours It’s interesting to see Martin McDonagh’s first film with the hindsight of his two other movies. While I missed In Bruges (2008) back when it came out, I have recently enjoyed Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). Having now seen all three of McDonagh’s films, […]
Posted: March 12, 2018, 9:00 pm
Downsizing Year: 2017 Rating: R Length: 135 minutes / 2.25 hours In the last decade, I’ve come to appreciate Alexander Payne’s films. From The Descendants (2011) to Nebraska (2013), it was clear he was improving as a director. I had high hopes for his latest work, Downsizing (2017) since the premise seemed interesting and ripe for social satire like his previous […]
Posted: March 6, 2018, 10:00 pm
Ant-Man Year: 2015 Rating: PG-13 Length: 117 minutes / 1.95 hours In the never-ending array of superheroes feeding into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to support such franchises like Captain America and The Avengers, it can be difficult to make some of the B-tier and C-tier heroes seem interesting enough to devote a whole movie to them. To […]
Posted: March 5, 2018, 10:00 pm
The Post Year: 2017 Rating: PG-13 Length: 116 minutes / 1.93 hours At this point, I just wonder if every movie Steven Spielberg makes that has anything to do with war (Schindler’s List (1994), Saving Private Ryan (1999), War Horse (2012), Lincoln (2013), Bridge of Spies (2015)) is just automatically given a Best Picture nomination. Don’t get me wrong, Spielberg has made a lot […]
Posted: February 27, 2018, 10:00 pm

Cinema Connections 2016

If there’s a monster under your bed, chances are it’s probably been directed by Guillermo del Toro. While his work isn’t outright horror based on the “slasher” or “gorenography” interpretations of the genre, many of his films feature some scary monsters. Perhaps what makes these monsters somewhat more palatable is their inclusion in a (mostly)... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: March 16, 2018, 6:01 am
As a society, we seem to have a love/hate relationship with puppets. While we enjoy films featuring puppets as the main characters, like in Pinocchio (1940) and The Muppet Movie (1979), we also fear them in movies like Child’s Play (1988) and Goosebumps (2015). Aside from the aforementioned Muppets, very few films actually use puppetry... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: March 9, 2018, 7:01 am
Once again, I thought I had this Best Picture Oscar pegged and get surprised with a film that traditionally would not have won. I hope this means we’ll see more representation from other genres than “drama” in the years to come. Of the nine contenders for Best Picture this year, there were plenty that I... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: March 5, 2018, 5:29 am
Success can be a fickle mistress. We can be extremely proficient at something, but find there’s always someone else who’s just a little better than we are. Whether it’s a boss who won’t retire to allow you to be promoted to his position or a king standing in your way of being the ruler of... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: March 2, 2018, 7:01 am
What makes someone into an icon? Is it an accumulation of moments and sound bites, or can a single picture cement an individual as a piece of our popular culture? We all know that “sex sells,” so perhaps the idea of an icon isn’t as accurate as saying someone is a sex symbol. For whatever... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:01 am
Comedy has many styles. From the wordplay of The Marx Brothers and slapstick of the silent comedians to the “gross-out” approach of modern comedians, very few entertainers have a comedic style quite like Jack Lemmon. If I were to put a label on it, his comedy would be “reactionary.” Life can be so full of... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: February 16, 2018, 7:01 am
While there are plenty of comediennes in Hollywood today, this wasn’t always the case. Most of the women who appeared in comedies were either cast as serious characters to offset the hilarity of their male counterparts (as was done in The Marx Brothers’ films) or were used only as naïve damsels who would eventually fall... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: February 9, 2018, 7:01 am
Some people have the ability to bring out the greatness in others. Or, at least, they have the capacity to see the greatness in others and guide it into the spotlight. I would like to think that a producer has this ability, mostly due to the success of James L. Brooks. As the winner of... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: February 2, 2018, 7:01 am
Even with the proliferation of different news sites across the internet, when it comes to the news of a local area, there are only a few options to keep yourself up-to-date. There are still websites for local news, but either the newspaper or the local television network usually runs them. Because there are limited sources... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: January 26, 2018, 7:01 am
Over time, it has become difficult to distinguish between television shows and movies. With the advancement of production values for television shows, each episode looks a lot like a mini-movie. Even movies have become more “serialized,” with character arcs and other minutia crossing over between separate films (I’m looking at you, Marvel Cinematic Universe). So... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: January 19, 2018, 7:01 am