My favorite film comedy of all time is 'Waiting for Guffman' so it goes without saying that the coming of 'Mascots' was a highly anticipated event in my movie watching calendar.
Unfortunately this film continues the noticeable slip in quality featured in Christopher Guest's more recent work. Many gags feel stale or repetitious from past mockumentaries and most of the new cast additions to the troupe fail to meet the comic genius of the likes of Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy,…
Peter Berg's 'Deepwater Horizon' could easily be subtitled 'Just the Facts.' A film about the worst environmental disaster in the world's history would seemingly come with a strong message about the dangers of doing this kind of work...or so I thought.
While the film doesn't shy away from placing the blame on greedy BP executives, it doesn't really say much about anything else surrounding the events depicted.
Berg does a nice job explaining what happened on the ill-fated rig with…
Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…
If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.