All posts for the month October, 2014

St. Vincent

Movie review by Greg Carlson Like Herman Blume, the wealthy industrialist in Wes Anderson’s awesome “Rushmore,” Bill Murray’s Vincent MacKenna is a prickly, disillusioned Vietnam veteran with a taste for alcohol and cigarettes. MacKenna is poor and Blume is rich, but both men reassess their lives following unexpected and unorthodox friendships with much younger boys. […]

Men, Women & Children

Movie review by Greg Carlson Trading the comic complications and satirical stingers of “Thank You for Smoking” and “Juno” for the more nakedly manipulative white whine and/or bathos of “Up in the Air,” “Young Adult,” and the critically ravaged “Labor Day,” filmmaker Jason Reitman adds another entry to his list of underwhelming missteps. The director’s […]

Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys

Movie review by Greg Carlson By fans, for fans, “Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys” covers the profitable marriage of George Lucas’ phenomenal movie and Kenner Products, the Cincinnati-based company that acquired the license to produce action figures, vehicles, and other playthings based on Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and the many […]

Gone Girl

Movie review by Greg Carlson WARNING: The following review reveals key plot information. Read only if you have seen “Gone Girl.” Gillian Flynn, author of the bestselling novel “Gone Girl,” hit the Hollywood jackpot. She, A) Got to adapt her own screenplay without having to share any screen credit; B) Had the fortune of finding […]