Critic’s Notebook: ‘FREE SOLO’ and ‘FIRST MAN’ show a monumental test of the human spirit

October 11th, 2018 | Film Stories, Opinion, Reviews | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay//Film Critic There’s an innate desire in humans to be the first to conquer an extravagant task. It’s a warrior’s mentality that requires solitude and focus in order to look down the mouth of the impossible. Damien Chazelle’s highly-anticipated Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling, FIRST MAN, chronicles the astronaut being crippled by grief and his nine-year trek to get to the moon. Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s ...


How Bradley Cooper’s ‘A STAR IS BORN’ gives a time-honored classic new things to say

September 21st, 2018 | Movie News, Opinion | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic It doesn’t come as much of a surprise when an actor segues into writing and directing. However, it bears further inspection when they choose a film that’s been made before – specifically three times prior in the case of multi-hyphenate Bradley Cooper’s iteration of A STAR IS BORN. Though the song remains the same, the way it’s sung and arranged puts a new spin on an enduring chart-topper. Cooper has managed to ...


Development Hell (No): Why ‘THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS’ failed when it should’ve succeeded

August 24th, 2018 | Movie News, Opinion | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic We’ve been waiting for nearly a decade to see the Black List script for THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS – a dark comedy-noir mix of SESAME STREET and WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? – come to cinematic fruition. And the results are a feeble attempt at what should’ve been clever, cutting material. The project, spearheaded by Brian Henson, was relegated to development hell for what felt (get it?) like forever. They cast ingénue after ...