“Bombshell” is not subtle, nor should it be — Static and Screen

Could another filmmaker have told this story with more nuance? Almost certainly. Would it have been better? I’m not sure. In telling the stories of serial abusers like Ailes, nuance can feel a little bit like using kid gloves. Sometimes, you need to scream these stories from the rooftops in order to get your point… Continue reading “Bombshell” is not subtle, nor should it be — Static and Screen

“Charlie’s Angels” have fallen — Static and Screen

While it’s not quite bad enough to make you long for the bad old days of “jiggle TV,” it’s also hard to shake the feeling that the old “Angels,” as offensive as it was, was at least a little more fun than this. via “Charlie’s Angels” have fallen — Static and Screen

“My Spy” has an arsenal full of laughs — Static and Screen

As disposable as the film is, it’s hard to completely denigrate a film that has this much willingness to make you chuckle. Laughter is good medicine, especially right now, and Bautista and company dispense it with ease. via “My Spy” has an arsenal full of laughs — Static and Screen

Thesis, truth and “Mr. Jones” — Static and Screen

By depicting the brutality of the Soviet regime, Holland reminds us of the value of human life and of the press, and how the latter has an integral role in preserving the former. via Thesis, truth and “Mr. Jones” — Static and Screen

American carnage Part II — Digby’s Hullabaloo

It makes you feel so … embarrassed and ashamed: At the foot of Mount Rushmore’s granite monument to his presidential forebears, President Trump on Friday delivered a dark speech ahead of Independence Day in which he sought to exploit the nation’s racial and social divisions and rally supporters around a law-and-order message that has become… via… Continue reading American carnage Part II — Digby’s Hullabaloo

Patriotism — Digby’s Hullabaloo

Enjoy your cookout, movie night, fireworks or whatever else you are doing safely on this 4th of July. There is a lot to think about this year. Email via Patriotism — Digby’s Hullabaloo

The Big Heat: The 10 Sweatiest Film noirs (and Neo-noirs) — Digby’s Hullabaloo

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Hotter than the 4th of July”? Ice tea on standby: Coronavirus. Massive unemployment. Murder hornets. Saharan dust… How could 2020 get any worse, you might ask. With record-breaking scorching heat. That’s how. Meteorologists on Tuesday revealed that July could bring unusually hot temperatures for more than two-thirds of the […]… Continue reading The Big Heat: The 10 Sweatiest Film noirs (and Neo-noirs) — Digby’s Hullabaloo