Success Casts a “Shadow” over Johnny Depp and Tim Burton

“Dark Shadows” pairs director Tim Burton with his muse Johnny Depp for their eighth film. Their first two films together,  “Edward Scissorhands” and “Ed Wood,” were their best, and it has been a slow and steady descent since then. It would be easy to say “Dark Shadows” is their weakest film, but we would then…

Further Thoughts on “The Avengers”

Much like President Obama and marriage equality, my thoughts on “The Avengers” continue to evolve. In my previous review, I implied that the film’s politics do not fall stay strictly within party lines. I still think that statement is true, but its implications say something important. Given the politics of today, “The Avengers” is in…

“The Avengers,” 9/11, and the War on Terror

“If we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we’ll avenge it.” – Tony Stark/Iron Man in “The Avengers”  We ask a lot of the movies. We look to cinema to help us experience things that we can’t in real life. Sometimes it’s as simple as winning the big game or getting the…

“Veep” – Season 1, Episode 3: “Catherine”

“Veep” has a little bit of a problem. The world of politics is not a place that most people would like to be right now. Sure, there are still some young people who fantasize about making a difference in government, but most Americans are flat-out fed up with politicians. Currently, close to 80% of Americans…

Clooney and Celebrities Try to Even the Score for Obama

George Clooney is hosting a $12 million fundraiser for President Obama’s re-election campaign. Bill Maher gave a $1 million contribution, making him the campaign’s biggest individual donor. Eva Longoria has been made campaign co-chair and is doing serious outreach to the Hispanic community. It is clear that President Obama is emphasizing celebrity support in his…

The Politics of Bill Murray

“A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.” – William James The charisma of Bill Murray lies primarily in his elusiveness. Sure, he’s hilarious, and he has starred in some of the most iconic comedic films of the last thirty years. But he also seems like a regular guy,…