Oscar Post Mortem

Oscar Post Mortem

The collaborative selfie (thanks to über hunk Bradley Cooper) was a delightful moment amongst rather predictable turns on the stage. Harrison Ford will probably not be asked back. Nor will poor Kim Novak. Alfonso Cuaron was an elegant recipient of the Best Director...
The critics and I do not agree…

The critics and I do not agree…

It’s lewd, it’s crude, and it alternately glamorizes and villifies one of the dirtiest demimondes of capitalism. It’s also outrageously entertaining, vibrantly directed, and loaded with memorable performanes. The Wolf of Wall Street will literally...

Oscar Mash-up @ KZSC on Tuesday Feb. 12

Tune in to Bruce Bratton’s juicy Universal Grapevine program, next Tuesday—February 12, at 7:30 and you’ll get to hear me and film critic Lisa Jensen go boca a boca with Bruce about our Oscar picks, and favorite films of 2012. That’s KZSC 88.1 FM....
Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

Set aside the debate about whether or not this film endorses the use of torture as an enhanced interrogation tool.  There are other issues plaguing this film by director Kathryn Bigelow, and they primarily involve the curiously empty—or at least vaguely...
Rio Theater screens award-winning docu

Rio Theater screens award-winning docu

Sasha Friedlander’s Where Heaven Meets Hell will be back on the big screen in Santa Cruz for one day only — January 19 @ 2pm, followed by a Q&A with the director herself. Don’t miss this screening. Find out why by reading my review. Then make plans...
The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Succumbing to curiosity, I took in a matinee of The Hunger Games last week to see what grabs the YA audience these days. The film isn’t great, the acting is hit and miss, but the action is bracing. A fierce sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen (played by pretty,...