movies

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Long Shot Sequence

One of my absolute favorite filmmaking techniques is the long shot: A scene where the camera doesn’t cut away for minutes at a time. The movies Gravity and Children of Men have amazing long shots, as does Goodfellas (there are many others too). As fascinated as I am by these scenes, I’ve never seen exactly […]


My Top 10 Favorite Romantic Comedies

My Top 10 Favorite Romantic Comedies

I love a good romantic comedy. It’s one of my favorite film genres, even to the point that I’ve written a script. When they’re done well–that is, characters do things that make sense, they’re not filled with tropes, and there is both heartwarming romance and laugh-out-loud comedy–they make me incredibly happy. After discussing some favorite […]


Did You Watch “Searching” This Weekend?

Did You Watch "Searching" This Weekend?

On Friday I went to see “Searching,” a mystery/thriller starring John Cho. It’s not the type of movie I would normally get excited about, but I’m really glad I went to see it, because I absolutely loved it. The twist in Searching is that everything you see is on a screen. That is, you’re watching […]


How Does Hometown Pride Work?

How Does Hometown Pride Work?

Have you ever heard of someone famous who seems a little familiar, and then you realize that they are your age and grew up in your hometown? That happened to me twice recently. I have this feeling of “hometown pride” despite not knowing these two people at all (and it’s a complete coincidence that we […]


Have You Watched “What If”?

Have You Watched "What If"?

I’m a sucker for a good romantic comedy. Actually, I’m a sucker even for not-so-good romantic comedies. But when a great one comes along, I want to share it. “What If” is a great romantic comedy. This movie wasn’t on my radar at all. Apparently it was originally called “The F Word,” and now it’s […]


Crazy Rich Relationships

Crazy Rich Relationships

This weekend I saw the movie Crazy Rich Asians. While it’s not the best Asian-led romantic comedy I watched this weekend (Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” takes the crown), I still really enjoyed it. In case you’re not familiar with it, the premise is that a woman is dating a man who […]


How Do You Tolerate Anticipated Physical Pain?

How Do You Tolerate Anticipated Physical Pain?

One of the most intense scenes in the movie Fight Club involves Brad Pitt using homemade soap materials to burn a permanent scar into Edward Norton’s hand. Norton’s character tries to escape the pain through meditation, but Pitt forces him to stay with the pain. I was reminded of this scene today during my latest […]


What’s Your Favorite Set Piece in Mission Impossible: Fallout?

What's Your Favorite Set Piece in Mission Impossible: Fallout?

I wrote about Mission Impossible: Fallout last week before I saw it, through the lens of a question of whether or not actors should perform their own stunts. Normally I wouldn’t revisit the same topic so soon, but I really enjoyed the movie, hence this post. Before I get into spoilers, here’s my quick review: […]


Do You Care If Actors Do Their Own Stunts?

Do You Care If Actors Do Their Own Stunts?

I’m really excited to watch Mission Impossible: Fallout this weekend. I love most movies in the series, I’m entertained by Tom Cruise’s intensity, and the reviews are glowing. But I’m not sure I care about actors doing their own stunts (“actors” used in the way that performers use it–gender neutral). Stress the “I’m not sure” […]


What Did You Think of the Movie Trailers Unveiled at Comic Con?

What Did You Think of the Movie Trailers Unveiled at Comic Con?

This past weekend was Comic Con, an event that interests people like me from afar because of newly released movie trailers. I probably shouldn’t watch them, but I just get so excited and curious about these movies that I can’t help it. I allowed myself one viewing per trailer. Tonight I thought I’d list the […]


Have You Seen the Movie “Game Night”?

Have You Seen the Movie "Game Night"?

Despite all of the things that can go wrong when I watch a movie in the theater, sometimes after watching a movie at home, I wish I could have seen it with an audience. Game Night is one of those movies. I watched Game Night on DVD during dinner yesterday and today, and I loved […]


Pet Peeve #70: Deceptive Trailers for Musicals

Pet Peeve #70: Deceptive Trailers for Musicals

I’ve now seen the trailer for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again approximately 10 times. Not by choice, mind you. It’s just that it has played in front of every movie I’ve watched in the theater over the last 3 months. The movie is clearly a musical, but the trailer seems intent on not reminding […]


Fun Fact: Movies Exist in Theaters After Opening Weekend

Fun Fact: Movies Exist in Theaters After Opening Weekend

Tonight I went to see Ant-Man and the Wasp. On a Tuesday. Two days after opening weekend. Who knew? For the last 15 years or so, I’ve based my movie-watching preferences on the assumption that movies were only available in the theater on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Then they vanish. I’ve spent months getting excited […]


Has Your Brain Ever Betrayed You?

Has Your Brain Ever Betrayed You?

I started watching It a few days ago. I’ve been intrigued by this movie ever since I started reading about it last year. I generally don’t enjoy being scared, so I didn’t see it in the theater, but I vowed to watch it at home. I got the DVD from Netflix last week, and during […]


What Did You Think of Incredibles 2?

What Did You Think of Incredibles 2?

The Incredibles is, quite simply, one of my favorite movies of all time. This video from Cinema Wins does a great job of talking about why it works so well for me–in my opinion, it hits every beat perfectly, and every moment of the plot propels the story forward through character-building, discovery, humor, and action. […]


What Did You Think of Ocean’s 8?

What Did You Think of Ocean's 8?

As you may know, heist flicks are one of my favorite types of movies. I posted my Top 10 list a few months ago, and proceeded to watch (and write about) a few of the movies mentioned in the comments of that post. Logan Lucky, one of those new movies, would definitely be on an […]


What Did You Think of Solo: A Star Wars Story?

What Did You Think of Solo: A Star Wars Story?

I went into the theater to watch Solo: A Star Wars Story with low expectations, which is usually a setup for me to be pleasantly surprised. I avoided watching all teasers, trailers, and commercials for Solo, so all I knew about it was a rough idea of how critics had responded to it. Oh, and […]


4 Heist Movies and a Kitten

4 Heist Movies and a Kitten

Over the last week or so, I watched 4 heist movies, one of my favorite genres of film. I thought I’d share my brief reactions to them and get your thoughts in case you’ve seen them. Bottle Rocket: This is one of Wes Anderson’s early films, and his special sense of humor is on full […]


My Thoughts on Infinity War

My Thoughts on Infinity War

I may get into spoilers at some point in this post, but I’ll make it VERY clear when I get to that part. Until then, you’re safe to read this. Long story short, I was super excited about the Infinity War movie, and it exceeded my expectations. If you haven’t seen it, and you’ve enjoyed […]


Would You Watch Netflix in the Theater?

Would You Watch Netflix in the Theater?

As reported recently by Slashfilm, Netflix is considering buying some movie theaters. Their presumed motivation is to allow Netflix original movies to be eligible for awards season honors. At first when I read this, I was ambivalent. As much as I love movies (Infinity War this weekend!!!), I don’t care about awards. Plus, why would […]


What Did You Think of “A Quiet Place”?

What Did You Think of "A Quiet Place"?

It’s exceptionally rare that I watch a scary movie. But after skipping Get Out in the theater last year and later regretting after I watched it at home, I decided not to make the same mistake twice. A Quiet Place doesn’t really have anything to do with Get Out–they’re two completely different movies. But both […]


What Did You Think of the Ready Player One Movie?

What Did You Think of the Ready Player One Movie?

Ready Player One was, without a doubt, one of the movies I was most looking forward to this year. It’s based on a book I’ve torn through twice and found immensely entertaining, and Steven Spielberg seemed like a good fit for all the ’80s references. Through a series of odd circumstances, I actually ended up […]


Pet Please #153: Hard Cuts in Movies and TV to Duets

In a recent episode of Brooklyn 99, two of the characters are waiting for a meeting. They happen to be in a karaoke parlor at the time, so one of them shyly mentions that they could sing a song. The other shrugs. “I guess so….” Hard cut to the two actors singing their hearts out in a […]


My Top 10 Favorite Heist Films

My Top 10 Favorite Heist Films

This past weekend, my TiVo happened to pick up Die Hard. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Die Hard, and I was quickly reminded of how much I enjoy the movie. As I was watching, I realized why: At its heart, its a heist movie. I love heist movies. I think a big part of […]