Boyhood Review – Grounded

The Texas pastoral Boyhood is a new film from Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise), notable not for its subject matter but for how it was made. Or, more accurately, when it was made. Shot over 12 years, Boyhood captures the decade long adolescence of a young boy, along with his sister and parents,…

Snowpiercer Review – Propulsion

The latest film from Bong Joon-ho arrives with a very strange staggered release schedule, indicative of the reported tension between Bong and the Weinsteins. However the film has finally arrived on US shores, which is cause for celebration. Bong is the notable director of some of the best Korean films in recent years (Mother, Memories…

Not as comfortable as it looks

Best Movies of 2013

Just in time for none of my favorite movies to win any Oscars (sans Gravity which should do quite well), I present the best film of 2013. This year was a little more muted than last year, passing up bombastic plots for intense character study, marking the return of palpable blockbusters, and indie cinema rose…

Best Games of 2013

Games came a long way this year. As the end of a console generation approaches, established studios are crackling on all cylinders. The narrative tricks of film are being alloyed into increasingly varied and impressive set pieces. This year though, games began to move past the taut thrillers they had been perfecting and offered something…

Best TV of 2013

TV has grown up a lot in the last few years. After a few decades as movie’s developmentally challenged cousin, most TV has developed continuous plotting and great editing. Everything looks stunning now too. The only problem is it’s hard to find time to watch it all. Additionally TV remains the most subdivided of all…

Best of 2013 – Music

Best of 2013! Happy New Year Dearest Reader, To celebrate our miraculous survival for another year, I have several favorites to share with you. The Opinion Tree bows heavy with fruit, come sit with me and enjoy the harvest. We’ll be going through the best of Music, TV, Games, and Movies, so come back often.…

Found: Water

All Is Lost Review- Beacon

Generally great film is considered the little brother of great literature. How could a film convey the breadth of Dostoevsky or the winding tunnels of Faulkner without pushing the twenty hour mark and subsuming the watcher’s will to live? This little brother does have unique strengths though, as demonstrated by the quiet film All Is…