There once was a time when an animated short, a cartoon, accompanied every movie-going experience. Alas, no more. Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation brought back programs of cartoons, and I realized how much I missed them. Their shows of animated shorts, including the notorious (and aptly-named) Sick and Twisted Festival, will be shown this […]
Before a heated discussion of historical accuracy in motion pictures, the clan discuss the cyber thriller Blackhat, the Iraq war drama American Sniper, the Israeli army comedy Zero Motivation, and Little Accidents, an indie drama set in a mining town, plus a letter from a listener.
One of the most interesting and human responses to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris on January 8, 2015, was that of Robert Crumb, the American cartoonist, now living in a village in France. As a comic book artist, a satirist, the “grandfather” of underground comix, an anti-authoritarianian, and as a resident in two diverse societies, he seems like the […]
As usual when presenting a yearly round up, it’s important to remind the reader that most reviewers don’t see everything, and together with their biases are inevitably going to offer up a skewed view of the cinematic world at the moment. That being said, my criterion for a best list is the simple matter that […]
As the On the Aisle crew gears up for its 10 best and worst lists for 2014, this might also be the time to review some of the worst titles of the year. Below is a list of films released in the last 12 months or so that in bulk are almost indistinguishable from each […]
The final big Xmas movie push concludes with reviews of Big Eyes, Tim Burton’s biopic about Walter Keane and “his” paintings, The Imitation Game, about Alan Turing, Into the Woods, the Sondheim musical, and The Gambler, a remake of the old James Caan film. Next week: onward to the 2015 movies after some best and […]
This week the team takes on the updated musical Annie, the Australian horror film The Babadook, the crime drama Foxcatcher, and the third Night at the Museum film, ending the show with a round table (or piano) discussion of the Sony hack controversy.