Throw Drama from the Train – Compartment No. 6

Just because I rattled off three International Feature reviews yesterday doesn't mean I've run out of entries to look at. I've still got two more submissions in the chamber, and I'll have two more by this time next week. It's an embarrassment of riches this year, with one hopeful after another getting the distribution and … Continue reading Throw Drama from the Train – Compartment No. 6

DownStream – Netflix International

We're in the preliminary stages of next year's Oscar Blitz, with me sitting here eagerly anticipating the official announcement of specialty submissions before the shortlists come out on December 21. Part of that early zeal has included monitoring news feeds (and let's be honest, Wikipedia) for individual countries to announce their entries for International Feature, … Continue reading DownStream – Netflix International

How Can You Say No to That Face? – Clifford the Big Red Dog

I hadn't originally planned to see the cinematic adaptation of Clifford the Big Red Dog, even though the trailer suggested it would be an enjoyable film for kids. I'm simply not the target audience, and I'm self-aware enough to realize that it would look weird for a single man in his late 30s to take … Continue reading How Can You Say No to That Face? – Clifford the Big Red Dog

Through the Looking Glass – Last Night in Soho

Edgar Wright has already given us one cinematic triumph this year in the form of the fantastic music documentary, The Sparks Brothers, which at times served as a distillation of his expertise in crafting movies around a catalog soundtrack. Truly there are few filmmakers out there able to make a narrative work hand-in-hand with era-appropriate … Continue reading Through the Looking Glass – Last Night in Soho