Dead Man Driving

  Well – I am happy to report I can now chalk ‘Near Death Experience’ off my life’s To Do List. Yup, got that one covered yesterday morning in the midst of my morning commute. Now, one writes ‘commute’ and instantly my readers flash to some Final Destination sequence of chains loosening on barreling logging…

Plea for V

V for Vendetta released on DVD earlier this week. If you’ve followed my lists of ‘favorite things’, you’ve read how high I am on this flick. Do yourself a favor – buy a copy sight unseen. It’s that good a movie and I guarantee it will grip you. It’s not the half-baked Matrixy rip-off the…

Road to Perdition – film review

  * This review was originally published on July 18, 2002. Stop calling Tom Hanks the Jimmy Stewart of our times.  For too long Hanks has been pigeonholed as Hollywood’s nice guy, an Everyman who every audience member would love to call friend or family – much like the rep Stewart carried with him to…

American Beauty – film review

  *This review was originally published on September 28, 1999. “Look closer.” I’d be hard-pressed to recall a marketing campaign that has hewn so closely to the object of its affection, the film it is selling, than that represented by those pushing American Beauty.  While on the surface, Beauty takes sharp aim at the wholly…

The Dark Knight Returns

Warner Brothers announced Heath Ledger has been cast as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins sequel, The Dark Knight. I think Ledger is a solid choice and nicely underscores Nolan’s track record of filling these iconic roles with solid actors (not necessarily huge name stars). Also, that title, The Dark Knight is just leagues…