Film obsessive and pop-culture artist.
I have a long and heartfelt relationship to the Indiana Jones films. Like for so many others of a certain age, an early-childhood immersion in the magic of Spielberg and Lucas was a gateway into movies. And, for me, it was seeing Last Crusade in theatres in 1989 as an impressionable eight-year-old that was the spark for a lifelong obsession with movie-going. So, I don’t take a new Indiana Jones film lightly because it taps a deep-rooted connection to the…
I was curious to see this film draw a large crowd to the theatre on a frigid, rainy Thursday opening in my small-market town. It was an interesting contrast to the sparsely attended first-night screening of Tár a week earlier. Clearly, Martin McDonagh's Banshees sells as considerably more accessible to people on the surface than a seemingly esoteric "classical music drama" which, sadly, might keep people away. It's not hard to see that Banshees, which like Tár also poses questions…
As a fan of his previous two films, I was definitely anticipating this long-awaited new film from Todd Field. Compounding this with the acclaim it has been receiving out of the festival circuit, I was slightly worried Tár would ultimately be a let-down, a victim to my over- enthusiasm. Happy to say the film effortlessly exceeded those expectations on a first watch and I'm already looking forward to it richening further on second viewing.
It's one of those rare instances…