Temple Grandin (2010)

Millions of dollars have been lost by farmers and ranchers utilizing standard– and inhumane– livestock handling practices. The leading expert in the industry is Dr. Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado state University, who just so happens to be a woman on the Autism spectrum. It’s remarkable that someone thought to be […]

Little Boy (2015)

When most people say they’re praying in the midst of painful circumstances, what they actually mean is they’ve developed tunnel vision in light of their pain. St. Paul warned, “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith…” Whether we’re already in communication with God or waiting to become entrenched in our circumstances, unwavering […]

The Big Sleep (1946)

Despite Casablanca’s iconic status (fans consider it “bittersweet” while I classify it as brooding and enigmatic), I consider this Noir to be the epitome of its genre. For me, Bogart springs to mind when I think of classic film: charming and able to hold his own without diminishing the strength and wit of a bold […]

Batman: the movie (1966)

Now that superheroes of all shapes and sizes permeate every inch of the galaxy, it’s hard to imagine a time when Geeks were Nerds and that wasn’t cool. There had been caped-crusader themed TV shows before but this one was deliberately campy. No one knew what to make of its dry humor (my personal favorite: […]

Fallen (1998)

There are unseen forces of evil, who roam our world. That’s not to say their influence can’t be seen. Whether you’re a person or a demon you can run but you can’t hide– you need a body. So keep your wits about you; no matter how crafty, you’re no match for an immortal, who has […]

Pieces of April (2003)

This sleeper’s off-beat characteristics– most notably its low budget– allow it to highlight the strained relationships between abrasive characters. April’s oven breaks while trying to cook Thanksgiving dinner for her estranged family, which she is hosting in her tiny city apartment. That the footage itself was shot in a rush serves to reinforce the plot’s […]

99 Homes (2014)

If you’ve seen The Big Short, this movie will seem slightly less shocking. It’s still outrageous from a moral standpoint but the rock and the hard place between which the main character finds himself could easily entrap anyone. Rather than categorize an unscrupulous person as a single-minded villain, this movie depicts how a previously upstanding […]

Colossal (2016)

To summarize this movie as,” An American woman periodically turns into a giant monster that destroy destroys portions of Seoul, Korea” could be an oversimplification. While there are reckless- turned- thoughtful moments as an immature woman finally grows up and gets her life together, this film has a certain European sensibility, i.e. no particular moral […]

The Big Short (2015)

Here it is, folks: the answer to, “Why is the economy in the crapper?!” I’m no expert at Math so the fact that I got lot out of this movie is a testament to the effectiveness of its metaphors. It expertly breaks down a convoluted problem into a series of manageable explanations. Tip: follow this […]