The Reason For ’First Man’s Box-Office Under-Performance

To me, First Man, looked cold and with no personality from the commercials.  – Rob Nelson, Deadline comment section I asked my father who was sixteen at the time of the moon landing, why he thought First Man, the follow-up from the Academy Award winning crew of La La Land under-performed at the box-office. He said the same thing…

66/100: for 1:08 of Its 2:01 Running Time “Mandy” Is a Boring Slog

It’s Shakespeare Death Metal after Nicolas Cage’s girlfriend gets taken, but getting to the longest ever opening title cut over an hour in is an $8.95 VOD investment I cannot recommend. It’s a late night streaming oddity that definitely isn’t my taste but I appreciate the unique visual style, even if the 80’s throwback tone…

Sharp Objects Ends on a Typically Dour Note

Where to end? A lot of TV shows conclude in ways that don’t wrap up every element of plot. Gone Girl doesn’t finish at the end of Dunne’s story, but concludes at the most interesting chapter. Having given you enough words about each of the characters that you can convincingly draw your own conclusions. Great Murder…

Who is Sharp Objects’ Wind Gap Killer?

Who can we eliminate as suspects? It’s funny how much I can’t directly eliminate Kansas City Detective Richard “Dick” Willis and St. Louis reporter Camille Preaker off the chart as suspects. They were not in town for the first murder last summer of Ann Nash, or around when Natalie Keen went missing but they were…

Star Trek, Paramount and The Pine-Bluff Variant

When Salary Talks Stall Star Trek, It’s Time for the Enterprise to Look Within and Go Where Kirk Is Gone. Star Trek Box Office: #1 BUDGET $150M, GROSS $257M/ $385M WW, NET <$235M after Publicity & Ads. #2 BUDGET $190M, GROSS $228M/ $467M WW, NET <$277M after P&A. #3 BUDGET $185M, GROSS $158M/ $343M WW, NET <$158M after P&A. Star Trek 4 talks…

“Cherry” is Sharp Objects’ Superbly Superficial Sunday

I still think of Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You  when I hear Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, the song Amma and Camille sing at the party before rollerblading around town and the song fades into the now signature “Tumbling Lights” John Keene is getting arrested next week…

In “Closer”, ‘Sharp Objects’ Offers Up Two Anti-Climaxes

I knew this show is a slow burn but where’s the heat? No episode except “Ripe” (#4) has approached the pilot in quality. “Closer” flirts with shifting action before closing up any major inflicted wounds. It’s a shock any disaster at the Calhoun Day festival seems like business as usual for Wind Gap. Amma runs…

‘Sharp Objects’ Slims Down in Its Fourth Episode

By the fourth episode of a good series you ought to be hooked and I’m not. I said in the first episode, you need a water cooler moment in episode 4 or something to look forward to. The chaotic montage capping the episode is economic and marketable. The short 45 minute run time is frustrating…