(500) Hours of Spidey: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Reviewed

1. There's a moment in 2004's original Spider-Man 2, directed by Sam Raimi, that represents the peak of what a comic-book movie can do. It's when an unmasked Spider-Man attempts to save a (geographically impossible, but no matter) elevated NYC subway train from careening off the platform and into the street below.… » 5/02/14 3:57pm 5/02/14 3:57pm

Been There, Bombed That. White House Down, Reviewed.

Die Hard was a brilliant concept for an action movie that's been much duplicated since: Die Hard on a bus (Speed); Die Hard in a hockey rink (Sudden Death); Die Hard on a battleship (Under Siege). But what a lot of the copycats forget is that it's not the claustrophobic location that made the original film so great,… » 6/26/13 5:25pm 6/26/13 5:25pm

Quentin Tarantino, Slave To His Habits: Django Unchained, Reviewed

1. Django Unchained is giddily entertaining, powerful, confident filmmaking by a guy who keeps finding new tricks up his sleeve with every movie. It's a big, sprawling statement that throws everything at the wall and sees what sticks, which has always been one of the strengths of Quentin Tarantino, one of the reason… » 12/18/12 5:45pm 12/18/12 5:45pm

I'm Worried About Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

It'd be difficult to find a bigger Quentin Tarantino fanboy than I am. It's a little embarrassing, actually; I was one of those nerds posting on alt.fans.tarantino dorkboards the year Justin Bieber was born. (The fact that Google archives Usenet forums from 20 years ago is just cruel.) I think Jackie Brown is… » 6/07/12 6:14pm 6/07/12 6:14pm