Reel Shorts | The Call

15 03 2013

Halle Berry’s latest film, The Call, gets the FilmGordon treatment as it was reviewed on the BIG show, Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon.


Reel Shorts | Upside Down

15 03 2013

This week on the BIG show, The Movie Mob (critics Travis Hopson and Omar Moore) joined host Tim Gordon to discuss the romantic fantasy, Upside Down on Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon.

Reel Shorts | Hope Springs

8 08 2012

Cynthia Fuchs | PopMatters

“Who in here is not having sex?” As Karen (Elizabeth Shue) asks her customers at the bar she’s tending in Great Hope Springs, Maine, the camera looks out over a room full of shaggy fellows and sturdy women. Gathered on a sunny afternoon, they duck their heads and raise their hands, then all smile and toast themselves. The stranger in town, Kay (Meryl Streep), looks surprised, then pleased. She’s just confessed her sad secret to Karen—that she’s not having sex with her husband of 31 years—but now, in this supportive crowd, the crisis suddenly seems less acute. Read the rest of this entry »

Reel Shorts | Searching for Sugar Man

3 08 2012

Two South African journalists investigate the whereabouts of an influential and mysterious rock icon that inspired a powerful movement in the touching and inspirational documentary, Searching for Sugar Man. Read the rest of this entry »

Reel Shorts | Step Up Revolution

30 07 2012

by Cynthia Fuchs | PopMatters

In Step Up Revolution‘s Miami, the beaches gleam white and the girls wear bikinis. For Sean (Ryan Guzman), the city is exciting and also distant, because he lives “past all those skyscrapers and palm trees.” Just so, the camera swoops over this standard iconography to Sean’s equally clichéd neighborhood. Here, more or less on the waterfront, the buildings are squat and drab, but the kids are cool. They’re so cool, indeed, that they practice their dance moves at a salsa joint called Ricky’s. Where he lives, Sean goes on, “Everyone has a voice, and there comes a time when you have to shout, to fight, for what you want.” Read the rest of this entry »

Reel Shorts | The Watch

30 07 2012

by Cynthia Fuchs | PopMatters

“I don’t have a black friend yet,” says Evan (Ben Stiller) by way of introducing himself and his life in Glenview, Ohio. “But I’m in the market.” Moreover, he adds, he knows an “Indian man,” smiles at the Korean lady who regularly squirts him with her lawn hose, and he looks genuinely pleased when he hears that Antonio (Joe Nunez), the night watchman down at the Costco Evan manages, has passed his US citizenship exam. As Evan extols these examples of his commitment to “diversity,” The Watch runs a series of illustrative sight gags, all familiar and none too memorable. Right: Stiller’s playing another nice-enough schlub who doesn’t know what he doesn’t know, his ignorance helping viewers feel smart. Read the rest of this entry »

Reel Shorts | Ruby Sparks

25 07 2012

A novelist struggling with writer’s block discovers the true power of imagination when the subject of his novel comes to life in the romantic comedy, Ruby Sparks. Read the rest of this entry »