#ArmageddonTime goes down easy as a semi-autobiographical story about its director growing up in Reaganism-era Queens. It tries to explore who we empower and handicap as a society, but never takes any meaningful chances to make for a compelling cinematic experience.
Tully hit theaters right before Mother’s Day. The trailer shows a raw, though apt picture of motherhood and I would guess many people, like me, decided to take their mom to watch the film. I’m also guessing that most people who went to see the it, whether with their mom or not, were taken aback by what the film actually turned out to be.
You might be more familiar with director/writer duo Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody from their critically…
The first time I watched Ben-Hur was at my favorite movie theater, Cinerama - a gorgeous mid-century theater in downtown Seattle. The presentation was a 70mm format, which basically means an even crisper movie-going experience. For a movie that came out in 1959, the quality was amazing, making the showing that much more memorable.
My expectations were pretty low because to the chagrin of some, I'm not someone who loves old movies (with a few exceptions). Even though I'm a…