BLOOD TIES Review

     March 21, 2014

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Blood Ties opens today in limited release.] There’s no prequel to Blood Ties, but perhaps there should be. It could provide a reason to give a …

THIEF and RIFIFI Criterion Collection Blu-ray Reviews

     February 13, 2014

With the releases of Thief and Rififi, The Criterion Collection has released two classics of the crime/film noir genre.  Where Jules Dassin’s Rififi represents a perfect distillation of the classic noir model, Michael Mann’s Thief takes those tropes into the …

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Review

     September 26, 2013

I adore Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s adaptation of the classic children’s book is one of the most unexpected and successful book adaptations of the past several years.  Most movies based on children books …

Watch 5 Clips from CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

     September 16, 2013

Sony Pictures Animation has released five clips from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  In the follow-up, Swallow Falls is under attack by mutant foods known as “foodimals”, so Flint (Bill Hader), Sam (Anna Faris), Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny …

TIFF 2013: BLOOD TIES Review

     September 6, 2013

There’s no prequel to Blood Ties, but perhaps there should be.  It could provide a reason to give a damn about the characters.  We could see the development of their conflict, the tension between brothers and the brothers’ tension with …