Large scale intimacy may seem like a contradiction, but Sam Mendes achieves that rare blend in 1917. The director saturates his film's audience in the horrors of World War One using a rare single-shot narrative. Because of this choice, 1917 is more of a psychological thriller than a traditional war movie. It is also the best epic to emerge from a year of instant classic tales like The Irishman and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
The 2020 Oscar nominations are in. Along with some disappointments and celebrations, there was a lot of the usual debate about this year's Academy Awards. Here are 8 thoughts on the celebration of the year in film:
2019 was a movie year marked by its best stories: J-Lo leading lady Goodfellas, an all-time great whodunnit, a razor sharp high school comedy, and epic depictions of two of the 20th Century's most notorious crimes. Ranking all 22 comes with glaring omissions like 1917 and Joker, two films that would likely place somewhere in the top... Continue Reading →
The War On Drugs wrapped 2018 with a three-night run in different Philly venues to raise money for the School District of Philadelphia. One year later, the group returned to the City of Brotherly Love for Another Drugcember To Remember. The benefit gigs at Union Transfer and The Fillmore represented their only two shows of... Continue Reading →
2019 wrapped an amazing decade of music from rising stars and established vets. These ten indie albums found ways to creep into my headspace and endure throughout the year: beabadoobee, Space Cadet (EP) – File this name under “Artists to Watch in 2020.” Filipino-British songwriter Beatrice Kristi Laus is magnificent. The garage rocker, aka beadbadoobees,... Continue Reading →
Philadelphia was fortunate to witness the ascent of a talented independent music scene in the 2010s. The artists who emerged from Fishtown and Delco crafted records that not only packed local venues, but also broke out nationally. Philadelphia indie bands navigated a decade that saw the rise of streaming by putting out albums that spun on vinyl.
Netflix’s The Highwaymen stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as two Texas Rangers chasing Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Despite big name leads and an all-time premise, the John Lee Hancock film is unfortunately a stale depiction of the hunt for the most romanticized crime duo in American history.
Strip clubs and Wall Street are different worlds, but the two converge in the movie Hustlers. The crime flick starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez is much more compelling than a glance at a movie trailer would indicate. It is a smart, compact film with dynamic leads and a unique premise.