A Mission of Mercy

SCENE:  In the Chicago Bears locker room, quiet hangs overhead as the roster is joined by John Fox and the coaching staff.  Ryan Pace emerges from a door labeled PERSONNEL, trailed by a cigarette-smoking man in a business suit, a gilded label upon his visitor’s badge that reads “BEARS FANBASE REPRESENTATIVE”.  FANBASE:  Let me have…

AFI Top 100: Review & Thoughts of 90-81

Let’s continue on down the list of my AFI Top 100 countdown. 90.  SWING TIME (1936):  Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers delight in what is generally a forgettable bit of novel and overwrought cinematic ham that gets counterbalanced by charming exhibitions of remarkable dancing and singing ability.  In the era of the 1930s, movies were…

AFI Top 100: Thoughts & Review of 100-91

My roommate and I are film junkies, and what better challenge than the AFI Top 100?  The American Film Institute updated their list in 2007, so that’s the one we went with.  It’s been a couple years and we still aren’t done with the list, but we’ve put an enormous dent into the daunting face of…

Rogue One: More Machine Now Than Man

Today I’m going to give my two cents on Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story.  Obviously I will essentially spoil the entire film and if you’re a person who can’t handle criticism of Star Wars, read no further. Rogue One’s entire premise hinges on the viewer entering the theater adhering to the following: Has seen…

Remembering “Batman Returns”

I grew up a Batman fan – a huge, huge Batman fan – and if you don’t believe me just ask my parents.  As a tot I watched the same few films over and over again:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Batman (1989), and Ghostbusters (1984).  I feel like I recall…

In Defense of the Blair Witch Project

In 1999, I was a skinny, freaked out freshman in high school.  I didn’t have a cell phone, much less my own personal computer, and wanted to see the hell out of The Blair Witch Project. During the first couple months of school, it was the talk of the cafeteria.  It had premiered a few…