Good Will Hunting: Oscar Senpai, Please Notice Me!

Good Will Hunting

Image source. Copyright Miramax Films, 1997.

Once upon a time, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were two young guns who really wanted an Oscar. I suspect that’s how we ended up with Good Will Hunting, an unbelievably fake “feel-good” story that discards reality in its desperate attempts to hit all the right Oscar buttons. Continue reading

Gangs of New York: Sweeney Todd + Ken Burns = …Meh.

Gangs of New York

Image source. Copyright Miramax Films, 2002.

Gangs of New York really should’ve been two movies. Martin Scorsese, usually very good at his job, has tried to do too much in one film, to combine a personal vengeance story with a massive 19th-century-urban-America historical epic. The result: a muddled mess. Continue reading

Wild Tales: What Jerks These Mortals Be!

Wild Tales

Image source. Copyright Warner Bros., 2014.

Admit it: revenge feels good. No matter how emotionally mature you think you are, no matter how well you know it isn’t “right,” deep down, the idea of getting back at that person who did you wrong makes your gut tremble with anticipation. The characters in Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales couldn’t agree more. Continue reading