March 24, 2015
Indie filmmakers have to carry a heavy load. They're part bottle washer and candlestick maker.
Christopher Presswell has made a film on which he's co-producer, director, co-writer, and editor.
If only he had been an actor. ... more
|Stage and Screen|
March 16, 2015
You can't go home again. But some of us sure try.
My latest foray into the future/past was a trip to Brooklyn, New York, in a quest for a meaningful experience.
My destination was to see a production at BAM of Eugene O'Neil ... more
|The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel |
March 1, 2015
The sequel to a film about old age is more old age.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is not the Second Coming. It's the Second Going.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a paean to flightiness. But the c ... more
|Gambling on the Oscars|
February 20, 2015
Someday - perhaps in the fairly near future - gambling on the Oscars will be available in Las Vegas.
At this point betting on the Academy Awards is available offshore, but not in the USA.
Johnny Avello, director of the spor ... more
|The Rewrite |
February 16, 2015
Hugh Grant has the best facial expression of bemusement in films. Probably ever.
Even in negligible comedies, such as The Rewrite, that expression is gold. What makes it special is the intelligence behind it. Despite being baffled, ... more
|Mr. Turner |
February 10, 2015
Mr. Turner, for better or worse, is a film that stays with you.
One may look at his watch during the 150-minute viewing which is an ordeal, but days later the film still has impact.
Mr. Turner is a portrait in light a ... more
|Still Alice |
February 4, 2015
Still Alice faces several potential pitfalls. It eludes most of them.
It avoids being just another Lifetime tv movie. Obviously the Oscar-nominated performance by Julianne Moore elevates it above the lesser genre. Her performance is ... more
|The Grand Budapest Hotel |
February 2, 2015
Even a squirrelly director finds a nut once in a while.
With The Grand Budapest Hotel, director Wes Anderson proves that hoary adage.
In The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson climbs down from his wayward tree to meet and ... more
|Movie Geeks United - 2015 Oscar Prediction Special|
January 28, 2015
The Movie Geeks, joined by esteemed film critic and frequent guest Tony Macklin, reveal their picks for the nominees who will take home Oscar gold in each category this year.
Favorites, surprises, snubs, underdogs, locks, and more.
|The Humbling |
January 26, 2015
The Humbling begins like a Master Class in acting, with Al Pacino emoting grandly.
About 1/2 hour into the film, actress Greta Gerwig arrives straight from her senior class play.
King Lear becomes Glee.
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Tony Macklin is a freelance film critic. A current member of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, he is a former film and literature professor at the University of Dayton, and the former editor of the filmcrit magazine Film Heritage. His articles and reviews have been most recently featured at Rotten Tomatoes and The Internet Movie Database, as well as in the Bright Lights Film Journal and The Fayetteville Free Weekly.
Tony's well-received book, Voices from the Set: The Film Heritage Interviews (2000), includes his 1970s interviews with Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Martin Scorsese, Alan Rudolph, Robert Altman, Sam Peckinpah, John Wayne, Edith Head, Stockard Channing, Richard Baskin, and others. It's an excellent read for anyone who loves film.
Since 1972, and in every decade since, Tony's picks for best films of all time have been included in the British Film Institute's Critics' Top 10 Poll. Published in BFI's international film magazine, Sight and Sound, the most recent Critics' Top 10 Poll was published in 2002.
Tony's votes are also included in the American Film Institute's lists of bests, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Comedies, 100 Greatest Movies, and more.