The Lost City of Z (2016)

James Gray is the most underrated director in America. He continues to make gorgeous, moving dramas while working with big-name actors in some of their best performances. His previous four films (The Yards, We Own the Night, Two Lovers, & The Immigrant) were all nominated for a Palme d’Or, giving him decent international clout, but in America his films have yet to receive an Oscar nomination. Continue reading The Lost City of Z (2016)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Marvel Studios took a big risk with Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a fringe Marvel property and not the kind of film that on paper would attract the number of fans who went to see the Spider-Man or Captain America movies. Even more than that, they put comedy director James Gunn at the helm and let him take the film in a much different direction than the rest of the franchise. Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

I was never great at chess. I did decent, but I never had the intensity to get serious about chess. I loved the game, this modest board filled with endless possibilities and each game taught you a little bit more about how to play. But the chess world teaches you a lot about the people you play with and Searching for Bobby Fischer certainly captures a lot of my experience. Continue reading Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

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