Author: Joe O'Shansky

Movie Review: “The Killer”

The films of David Fincher (going back to “Alien 3”) invariably, undeniably belong to his vision, and they’re almost always iconic, in some way—no matter the genre shift. Between his groundbreaking ‘90s work with “Fight Club” or “Se7en”, to later masterpieces like “Zodiac” and “The Social Network,” you begin to see how the arc of […]

My (Sometimes) Halloween Movies 

Spoiler alert: None of them are “Halloween”   Many people binge on horror movies during October, though I know a few who do that all year long.   But in October, it seems to have become a communal conversation. People posting about what they watch, discussing the relative merits of cinematic shockfests, both new and old, and […]

Review: Repo Man 

Alex Cox’s punk masterpiece gets the 35mm treatment at Circle Cinema  There was a time when the Reagan-esqe ideals of the Sharper Image catalog, conspicuous consumption, and upward mobility led to the capitulation of the free love movement and which tumbled into modern capitalism. A generation of people who spent their youths rebelling against the […]

Review: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny 

One Last Ride In 1981 “Raiders of the Lost Ark” happened. For my money, it should be in the Top Five AFI films, alongside “Casablanca.” I don’t know why anyone likes “Citizen Kane.”   The tale of a rough and ready archaeologist, getting in adventures and killing Nazis while searching for the Ark of the Covenant, […]

Fine Young Cannibals

Review: “Bones and All” is a cinematic feast With 2017’s “Call Me by Your Name”, director Luca Guadagnino achieved the level of American attention that his films had enjoyed internationally since the start of his “Desire Trilogy”—beginning with the Tilda Swinton-starring “I Am Love” (2009) and which continued with the underseen (by me, at least), […]

Film Review: The Fabelmans 

“The Fabelmans” is a window into the life of a legendary filmmaker  “The Fabelmans,” director Steven Spielberg’s memoir and nostalgic origin story, is perhaps his most personal work. A chronicle of his relationship with movies, his family, and his complicated (sometimes discomfited) experience being a Jewish fish out of water.  His avatar here is Sam […]

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