Featured Movies

This documentary sounded really interesting: a bunch of scientists and artists take a three-masted schooner up to explore areas of Greenland that have been hidden under glaciers for thousands of years, but are exposed now, due to climate change. Thing is, the participants turn out to be a bunch of blathering gasbags who can only churn out the most banal of observations [although fun can be had hating them], and you know what was from under the ice for eons? Pretty much nothing.

From Mexico comes this low-key, slow-boil horror film that is low on shocks but long on atmosphere and dread. Two kids go missing on a haunted hillside, and when they return, they're not quite the same. Mom and Dad investigate, and start taking matters into their own hands in some rather ill-advised ways. The movie employs some smart misdirection to have you expecting one thing while a whole other thing is developing.

The new David Fincher film turns out to be an extremely well-made tabloid TV movie shocker, one that is extremely long and doesn't have an ending. Ben Affleck is a man whose wife is missing. He is the prime suspect, and the expected media circus occurs, hitting all the expected beats. There are two big twists that send it into trash territory, which would be fine, if it had anything interesting to say and had a satisfying ending.

A smart comedy about dumb people, this movie [written by its two stars] is sort of a mix of Romy & Michelle and Absolutely Fabulous, and had me laughing throughout, and chortling loudly a few times. Two child pageant winners, obviously scarred by their experience, return to a reunion in order to win it this time. Wackiness and hilarity ensure, grounded by a grim dark side the film doesn't run from.

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Moviegoers in Harm's Way

There has been a spike in movies this summer that depict mass destruction and skyscrapers toppling, yet we rarely if ever see a dead body or even any blood. What effect does this have on moviegoers, and what does it tell us about the way filmmakers view their audience?

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The Birds: Explained!

Here you will encounter my answer to the enduring question about this film: Why do the birds attack? I point out that if you pay attention to the non-attack material, you can see that the bird attacks are the physical manifestation of the mother's rage against rival's for her son's affection.

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