|I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story |
May 21, 2015
In the present contemporary era of video games and an increasingly militarized society, gentleness is going the way of humility. It's hard to find. But Big Bird still has it. He's an 8-foot tall, yellow bundle of joyful sweetness; he alway ... more
|Lambert & Stamp |
May 17, 2015
In contemporary film, there's a genre that is original, bracing and memorable. It's also vastly underappreciated. Most people miss it.
In recent years, the documentary about modern music and musicians has offered a wonderful bounty ... more
|5 Flights Up |
May 12, 2015
On his bucket list, Jack Nicholson said, "Somebody marry Diane Keaton. Please."
The elusive Keaton has never married, despite her admitted actual romances with Jack, Woody, Warren Beatty, and Al Pacino. She got away from all of the ... more
|Ex Machina |
May 2, 2015
Ex Machina is a shaggy dog's tale of Artificial Intelligence. Rather than deus ex machina, it's canis ex machina.
One of the trio of main characters - Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) - likes to think of himself as a god ... more
|While We're Young |
April 23, 2015
Most people go to a movie with preconceptions. Expectations.
Sometimes critics go to a movie with only dire preconceptions. A director or actor has burned him or her badly in the past.
I have been avoiding writer/director Noah Baum ... more
|Far from Men (Loin des hommes) |
April 18, 2015
A movie based on an Albert Camus story. Now that's existential.
In Far from Men (Loin des hommes), French writer/director David Oelhoffen enhances a spare Camus short story originally titled "The Guest," published ... more
|Danny Collins |
April 1, 2015
For much of the film Danny Collins, Al Pacino - as the title character - sails along at his effervescent best, cracking wise. He's vibrant and engaging.
Pacino plays an aging rock star who is doggy-paddling through the s ... more
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
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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.