Movie Reviews

  • Alan’s Oscar Picks

    Alan’s Oscar Picks

    by Alan F. Zundel Here’s my picks from the nominees for the top Academy Award nominations this year. No predictions, just my own preferences. Best Picture/Director It makes no sense to have separate categories for Best Picture and Best Director, […]

     
  • 5 Great Movies About Making Movies

    5 Great Movies About Making Movies

    by Alan F. Zundel The recent release of Hail Caesar! (which I haven’t seen yet), about a movie studio “fixer” dealing with the production problems of a 1950s-era studio, made me reminisce over some of my favorite movies about making […]

     
  • Movie Review: The Intern (2015)

    Movie Review: The Intern (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel So formulaic you can imagine the formulas in the screenplay—OM+Er=AL (where OM stands for older man, Er stands for erection, and AL stands for audience laughter)—“The Intern” is barely rescued from unremitting tediousness by its lead […]

     
  • Movie Review: Rosewater (2014)

    Movie Review: Rosewater (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel As the debut of a newbie screenwriter/director, “Rosewater” is impressive. That writer/director is not an unknown, though, he’s the famous comedian Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show.” Stewart does a creditable job, but don’t expect many […]

     
  • Movie Review: The Room (2015)

    Movie Review: The Room (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel The best movies not only grip our attention, but rekindle our sense of humanity. “The Room” is such a movie. The subject matter might sound grim, but it burrows down to excavate the best part of […]

     
  • Movie Review: The Revenant (2015)

    Movie Review: The Revenant (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The Revenant” is a spectacle; no doubt about it. With spectacular location shooting, spectacular action set pieces, and a spectacular recreation of the American frontier of the early 1800s, it will rivet your eyeballs to the […]

     
  • Movie Review: Spotlight (2015)

    Movie Review: Spotlight (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel Smart, perfectly paced, and with uniformly good work from the cast—including standout performances from its supporting players—“Spotlight” is one of my top picks for the best films of 2015. The “Spotlight” of the title refers to […]

     
  • Movie Review: Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (2015)

    Movie Review: Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Kumiko the Treasure Hunter” is a watchable but odd film. It won’t be to everyone’s taste. While combining a stylistically Asian first half with a homage to the 1996 movie “Fargo” in the second half, it […]

     
  • Movie Review: The Big Short (2015)

    Movie Review: The Big Short (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The Big Short” pulls off the improbable feat of being highly entertaining, educational, and timely all at once. This is fitting, as it is the improbable tale of an odd collection of traders who bet against […]

     
  • Movie Review: Dark Places (2015)

    Movie Review: Dark Places (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Dark Places” is a rather lifeless movie about a mass murder. Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, the author of “Gone Girl,” I think they were hoping for a similar success. Although the movie has […]