I was elated when Robert Pattinson was announced to play Batman. Pattinson’s work in independent films had impressed me so much, and I thought he was a pretty obvious choice for the role. However, as many people know, Batman movies always lead to premature casting criticism (people were critical of Heath Ledger, Michael Keaton, and Ben Affleck long before they had even seen them in their respective films). I remember receiving rude comments about my excitement for Pattinson as Bruce Wayne. After having finally seen the film, I can honestly say that I feel vindicated. Pattinson is great and Reeves has once again made an outstanding blockbuster film in a vastly popular (and, to some, tired) franchise.
Today I’m revealing the first half of the 2016 nominations for this blog’s IJR Awards (I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards, but you probably already guessed that). The two legend awards (Film Legend and TV Legend) aren’t getting any nominees, instead I’ll reveal the winners, or honorees, in the eventual IJR Awards 2016 post. Continue reading “IJR Awards 2016: Nominations Announced, Part One of Two”→
The following review of HBO’s Limited Series ‘The Night Of’ contains spoilers for the entire series.
The Night Of is about the murder of a young woman named Andrea Cornish (played by Sofia Black D’Elia). Andrea was killed on an October night, after having slept with Nasir ‘Naz’ Khan (played by Riz Ahmed), a Pakistani-American college student, who took her for a ride in a ‘stolen’ cab car, before returning to her home to spend the night.
Naz flees from the scene of the crime, but is apprehended later the same night. The protagonist of The Night Of soon makes an appearance, as John Stone (played by John Turturro), a lawyer, decides to take on Naz’s case. Soon Stone and Khan must prove that Naz didn’t murder Andrea Cornish, while the show highlights what is wrong with the system. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Night Of (2016 – Mini-Series)”→
The following is a quick spoiler review of the third episode of the HBO Limited Series “The Night Of.”
In the third episode of The Night Of (“A Dark Crate”), Naz (played by Riz Ahmed) meets the prison inmates at Rikers Island, including Freddy (played by Michael K. Williams), and Stone (played by John Turturro) negotiates a deal with Naz’s parents. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Night Of – “A Dark Crate””→
The following is a quick spoiler review of the second episode of the HBO Limited Series “The Night Of.”
In the second episode of The Night Of (“Subtle Beast”), Naz (played by Riz Ahmed) struggles with his new surroundings and realizes he has no one to truly trust. No one truly cares about our Naz. Detective Box (played by Bill Camp) and Jack Stone (played by John Turturro) represent both sides of the system, and Naz is, sadly, being used by both of those sides. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Night Of – “Subtle Beast””→
The following is a quick review of the first episode of the HBO Limited Series “The Night Of.”
The Night Of, which is based on Peter Moffat’s Criminal Justice, follows Nasir “Naz” Khan (played by Riz Ahmed), a Pakistani-American college student, on the night that he is arrested for the murder of a young woman (played by Sofia Black-D’Elia). But there’s more to the story than meets the eye. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Night Of – “The Beach””→
The following is a classic review of Quiz Show (1994), a Robert Redford film.
Delbert Mann’s Marty – the Academy Awards Best Picture winner for 1955 – the answer that Herb Stempel wasn’t allowed to give on the quiz show ‘Twenty One’. That is what sets this adaptation of Richard Goodwin’s Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties in motion. It took me a long time to finally sit down and watch Robert Redford’s Quiz Show, don’t make that same mistake. Quiz Show is a must-watch film, one of the best of the 90s, and arguably Redford’s best film as a director. Continue reading “CLASSIC REVIEW: Quiz Show (1994)”→