Finally, itâ€™s awards season again, when the really big guns take aim for our hearts, minds, and pocketbooks. Coming out swinging for the bleachers are two movies made for adults of a certain (middle) age, the demographic that lopes through the rest of the year nearly forgotten, begging for scraps at a table set for callow youth and action figures. George Clooney and Meryl Streep both navigate the rough and increasingly muddied waters of love and commitment, and itâ€™s a thrill to watch them struggle.
The Smackdown Movies about show business multiplyÂ like rabbits, and hereâ€™s a simple explanation. Not only do writers write whatÂ they know — everyone in show business finds show business (and himself)Â endlessly fascinating. Thatâ€™s why theyâ€™re there […]
Calling all Anglophiles! Englandâ€™s longest reigning monarch takes on the cleverest subject of her (fictional) realm in this All-Union-Jack Smackdown. Both repackaged and reimagined for the new millenniumâ€™s theatergoing audience — the usually buttoned-up Victoria gets unstuffed and sexed up in a lush period romance/political drama, and Sherlock gets the no-holds-barred no-punches-pulled Guy Ritchie/Joel Silver treatment. Both title characters make formidable contenders for the Smackdown crown; thereâ€™s nothing I appreciate more than a really good makeover.
Celebrate the Auld Classics! The Smackdown. There are a surprising number of worthwhile New Yearâ€™s Eve-themed films to consider watching should other more social-type plans fail to materialize for you. Iâ€™m no drinker, no party […]
The Smackdown I canâ€™t criticize anyone whoâ€™s notÂ struck by the party mood as 2009 lurches to a merciful end. Recession,Â foreclosures, unemployment. Really, whatâ€™s to celebrate, so letâ€™s see how aÂ pair of seasonal movies rise above […]
The criteria I used is pretty simple: which films are not just good but really impacted the world of film? It’s relatively easy to make a film that entertains. And, in some ways, it’s even easier to make a film that does something “different” and “new.” But to make a film that both entertains and moves you, while advancing the art of filmmaking…that’s pretty hard. So let’s get this ball rolling as we reflect on a most eclectic period of film…
Â Crowning a Yuletide Smackdown Champ, Christmas 2009 Well, it’s come to this. After three years of polling here at The Smack, our readers have narrowed our field of ten Christmas films in the first season […]