Welcome to Land of The Nerds, where I, Lisa Laman, use my love of cinema to explore, review and talk about every genre of film imaginable!
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Director Frank Oz Delivers Some More Solid Entertainment With The Score
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Searching for Sugar Man Balances Absorbing Twists with Grim Reality to Make a Great Underdog Tale
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Crip Camp Powerfully Depicts The Kind of Unity That Transcends Time and Space
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Cameraperson Finds Captivating Unity Across Disparate Pieces of Footage
In Laman's Terms: Why Is Universal Pushing For Shorter Theatrical Releases?
In the wake of COVID-19 A.K.A. Coronavirus ensuring the closure of movie theaters worldwide, movie studios have gotten inventive in getting their titles out to the general public. A whole slew of features have seen their theatrical releases delayed. Meanwhile, movies like Onward and The Invisible Man that were in the middle of their theatrical releases when this pandemic hit have been sent to video-on-demand streamers. When these announcements began to hit the internet, speculative chatter began to emerge theorizing that this was the beginning of movie studios shrinking the 90-day window between when a movie debuts in theaters and when it can hit home video (that window is 70-80 days when it comes to when a movie can drop on digital retailers like iTunes).
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Rita Hayworth Delivers A Lead Performance For The Ages in the Endlessly Awesome Gilda
The Femme Fatale archetype is a common one in the terrain of film noir's but who is the most iconic of the numerous examples of this sort of character? If you did a Battle Royale involving film noir femme fatales, who would come out on top? Well, any character played by Barbara Stynwick would have to be in consideration. Ditto anyone played by Rita Hayworth, she had a commanding presence, an assuredness in her line deliveries and a remarkable sense of wit that made her unforgettable in movies like The Lady from Shanghai and the subject of this review, Gilda. Hayworth had plenty of noteworthy roles but her work as the titular part in this 1946 Charles Vidor directorial effort may be her most iconic work.
Night Moves Is One of Kelly Reichardt's Most Eerie Works
Monday, March 23, 2020
Blow the Man Down Is a Thoroughly Unique Dark Comedy
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Sorcerer's Bleak But Masterful Filmmaking Is Like Some Form of Magic
The William Friedkin movie Sorcerer begins with a series of standalone sequences establishing the backstories of its four principal players. First, we meet Nilo (Francesco Rabal) as he silently assassinates an unnamed figure in Veracruz. Next, we're introduced to Kassem (Amidou) as he participates in a bombing in Jerusalem followed by a separate vignette establishing Victor Manzen (Bruno Cremer) as a wealthy man in Paris, France who abandons his extravagant life under the threat of being arrested under criminal charges of fraud. Finally, we come to New Jersey, where a group of crooks rob a church. Everyone in the operation ends up perishing in a car accident save for driver Jackie Scanlon (Roy Scheider), who proceeds to flee to the Latin America village of Porvenir.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Pete Davidson Tackles Darker Material Well in Big Time Adolescence
Friday, March 20, 2020
Kelly Reichardt Mellows Out But Never Forgets Her Filmmaking Skills For Old Joy
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Yes, Groundhog Day Is A Comedy Worth All The Hype
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Ordinary People (Mostly) Works as a Grim Family Drama
Monday, March 16, 2020
Thoughtful Direction and Costume Designs Aren't Enough To Fully Save The Frequently Formulaic Stargirl
Sunday, March 15, 2020
White Material Is a Grim But Engrossing Effort From Director Claire Denis
Friday, March 13, 2020
American Splendor Delivers Both a Unique Movie Biopic and a Top-Notch Paul Giamatti Performance
Bloodshot Is The Worst Thing To Happen To America This Week
I guess we were so busy with the whole Coronavirus outbreak that somebody quietly invented time travel. How else to explain the presence of the 2004 action movie Bloodshot suddenly appearing in 2020? The Doc Brown of our time must have taken it from a previous era and plopped it into movie theaters as a stealthy way of announcing that time travel exists. How cute! That's a rational explanation for Bloodshot playing in over 2,800 locations this coming weekend rather than somebody at Sony/Columbia actually believing that this David S.F. Wilson directorial effort will actually kickstart a new cinematic universe. That would be just madness! Anywho, who wants to join me in traveling back to the 1960s so that I can party with Agnes Varda & Vera Chytilova?
Thursday, March 12, 2020
The Generic Qualities of All The Bright Places Weigh Down Its Better Aspects
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Grand Illusion Remembers the Humanity of the Soldiers Caught Up In War
MacGruber Makes Life-Saving Inventions But Only So-So Movies
Debbie Downer reinforced how the new cast members, save for the occasional Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With, don't really engage in that type of humor anymore. That's probably why we haven't seen as many SNL movies lately. Well, that and the dismal box office results of the vast majority of these titles, including the most recent entry in this fold, MacGruber, a May 2010 Jorma Taccone directorial effort that's managed to generate a cult following in the years since its release.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
The Way Back Smartly Uses Hallmarks of Sports Movie For a Complex Tale of Addiction
Friday, March 6, 2020
Beyond the Lights Shines Thanks To Nuance And Strong Performances
The Velocipastor Is The Rare B-Movie Homage To Work Like Gangbusters
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
In Laman's Terms: The Visual Stagnancy of Modern-Day PIXAR Fare
|The Good Dinosaur has helped to establish a style of animation that dominates too many modern-day PIXAR films. Curse you Arlo!|
Did you see the trailer for Sony Pictures Animation's new release Connected? It actually looks good! No bathroom humor, surprisingly natural voice turns from Abbi Jacobson and Danny McBride and, best of all, a unique animation style. The characters don't just look like they wandered off an assembly line, they're using hand-drawn animation to accentuate the emotions of the protagonist and I like how the sleek robotic antagonists are meant to contrast with the scrappier stop-motion-esque appearance of the human leads. Following Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and even Hotel Transylvania 3 (yes, really), Connected looks like another example of Sony Pictures Animation trying their hand at utilizing a different animation style for each of their new projects.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Daughters of Dust is a Poignant Upending of Cinematic Norms
Monday, March 2, 2020
The Killing Makes A Killing When It Comes To Delivering Top-Quality Cinema
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Wastes Good Actors On A Subpar Script
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