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Miami Vice Rewatch?

I’m not sure I would say that “Miami Vice” was formative for me during my teenage years, but it was certainly iconic. Don Johnson was for me the embodiment of cool. Jan Hammer’s synth-heavy music resonated with my soul. All those shots of cars driving down night streets were the kind of cinematic imagery I […]

Is Superhero Fatigue Hitting Mainstream?

I have written much here that is critical of the superhero genre of film. It is a formula that requires no skill, is empty of meaning, and promotes a delusional way of thinking about the world. However, my biggest complaint is just that there is far too much of it. Evidently, I am not wrong, […]

What Makes a Bond Film Work?

I have generally enjoyed all of the James Bond films I have watched, and I have really loved many of them. However, they break many of the rules of story telling, and this makes me wonder why they work so well. I’ve read a couple of the Ian Fleming stories. They are very different from […]

Reading Anything Good?

I was asked by a colleague, with whom I frequently discuss books, what I was in the middle of reading, and whether it was any good. In fact, I am in the middle of three books, and I’m not enjoying any of them. Consequently, they are all laborious, which means they are dragging on and […]

Marketing Visual Films

I have written many times about my aggravation with film sequels and reboots, and I’m sure I will continue to do so for the rest of my life. Such films are a substitute for good writing and good marketing. I’ve laid the blame on bad marketing before, but how should one market films? Well, you […]

I don’t like Tom Cruise

I know, join the club. (Is there one? A Tom Cruise anti-fan club?) I have liked him in just about every film I’ve seen him in. “Top Gun”, “The Color of Money”, “Rain Man”, “A Few Good Men”, “The Firm”, “Interview with the Vampire”, “Eyes Wide Shut”, “Minority Report”, “Oblivion”, and “Edge of Tomorrow”. I […]

Down on Sequels

There is yet another fucking Batman film out, The Batman. I gather that this one extra gothy and emo or something, but I don’t know, because I haven’t even been interested in watching the trailers. I have already written plenty here about my distaste for sequels ad infinitum, so I won’t repeat myself. My point […]