Twelve Angry Men and Rope
This month we look at two movies that keep the viewer captive in a room to discuss murder and justice mostly in real time. Rope was Hitchcock's response to critics who said that he was a one-trick director who relied on dramatic cuts to tell his stories and create suspense. Rope only a few cuts in the whole movie, most of which are hidden within the frame to seem as though the movie is a continuous cut. Twelve Angry Men was Sidney Lumet's first movie and it was pretty much as
Five Years Later: 2013 Movies
As we draw closer to the end of awards season it's time to take a look back at the movies from five years ago to see through hindsight to see what holds up. What has gone stale, what needed a second realization of greatness, and what holds up from 2013? Was it a good year for movies or a bit of a snooze? There are so many questions and I'll probably not bother to get around to all of it, but I will supply a top 20 here and a top everything over on Letterboxd. Here are the act
Ten Years Later: 2008 Movies
Why stick with five years of Hindsight Awards when we can also go back ten? 2008 was a big year for comedies and animated movies. Although there were some notable dramas, it was the year that a super villain won an Oscar and Marvel Studios kicked off the MCU with a bang. There were still reverberations of the writers strike from 2007-08 that resulted in some of the worst movies I've ever seen (I'm looking at you, Transformers 2 and GI Joe) that came out the next year. Yet, th
Harold Baines Versus...
The Harold Baines selection to the Hall of Fame through the veterans committee has been categorized as “baffling” by most, good for a good guy by some and bullshit by many. Baines’ was a soft talking designated hitter whose most interesting characteristic as a player was his long career and sizable hit tally. His former minor league manager and later manager with the A’s Tony La Russa marveled at Baines’ sweet swing and clutch hitting late in games as he cited him as a top 4