Christian Bale in The Big Short

The Big Short: Educational or Condescending?

“Is this trying to be educational or condescending?” is what I kept asking myself during The Big Short. Because it’s got this weird (to borrow the term from A.V. Club) edu-tainment way of storytelling. Think heist-like comedy of going against “the man” mixed with docudrama exposing Wall Street for its shitty ways. I think that’s where a lot of my issues stem from with this movie. I can’t tell if it’s being informative or talking down to me. Continue reading “The Big Short: Educational or Condescending?”

Exodus Movie 2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings: Bad Storytelling and Hollywood Racism

After learning about his Hebrew heritage and being exiled, Moses (Christian Bale) returns to Egypt to free the Hebrew slaves from Ramses (Joel Edgerton) and take them to the promised land. Continue reading “Exodus: Gods and Kings: Bad Storytelling and Hollywood Racism”

David O. Russell's American Hustle

American Hustle: When Sassy Meets Gritty

American Hustle follows the story of con artists Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), who run a loan business called London Associates where Prosser pretends to be a British banking advisor named Lady Edith Greensly. When they’re busted by FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), Rosenfeld and Prosser are forced to help the FBI. Their new target? Mayor Carmine Polito of New Jersey, who’s taking dirty money to start casinos that will revive Atlantic City’s economy. Continue reading “American Hustle: When Sassy Meets Gritty”

Batman vs. Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises, Falls, Growls…

Before I start this movie review, I want to take a moment to mention the infamous violence that will unfortunately and quite possibly forever be associated with The Dark Knight Rises. I’m not going to debate about gun control or the lack of emergency preparedness because such politicizing would be insulting to the victims and their families; and I certainly won’t assume to understand the motives of a person who had a mind to kill innocent people he never knew. But I want you to think, as I did during the movie, about this event in terms of our love-hate relationship with violence.

I, for one, am not someone who believes that watching violent movies or playing violent video games makes people violent. Do I think it overexposes us to violence and makes us numb to it? Yes. But a violent mind is bred biologically, psychologically, and behaviorally—not manipulated solely by sources of entertainment. Now that you understand where I’m coming from, I want to you to think about something.  Continue reading “The Dark Knight Rises, Falls, Growls…”