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The freshness of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, from writer/director Quentin Tarantino, is in its performances and atmosphere. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are superb, while the production and … more
Academy Award-winning actor Jack Lemmon once said, “Dying is easy, comedy is hard.” Sure enough, most film festivals—local, regional and national—tend to blend drama and … more
In his encyclopedic 2014 study, Redneck Movies, French film critic Maxime Lachaud argued that the redneck has been a goldmine of representation throughout the history of American cinema, particularly … more
There’s nowhere to go but down for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) after the critical and box office triumph of Avengers: Endgame, so it’s no surprise that Spider-Man: Far from Home … more
"I always wanted to challenge death,” declares Woody Brown at the start of Heavy Water, a documentary that premiered at this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival. The aged … more
Eraserhead (1977) might have been a powerful first artistic statement, and The Elephant Man (1980) an Academy Award-nominated success (the less said about Dune, however, the better), but it … more
More than almost anyone else we can think of right now (except maybe that guy who used to be mayor of New Port Richey), Rodney Hyden is “Florida Man.” Hyden lived in Archer, enjoying a … more
Not to be confused with “gelato,” the Italian term “giallo” designates a specific type of cinematic treat – namely, Italian slasher films. Some film historians … more
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