Black Mass: a light film about an important story of US corruption

Summary: Here Locke Peterseim gives one of his typically excellent reviews. He looks at Black Mass, explaining not just the film but also how and why it gets brought to the screen. The film tells one of the most important stories of corrupt law enforcement in US history, showing how the system is fundamentally dysfunctional. … Continue reading Black Mass: a light film about an important story of US corruption

The one review for all this summer’s hottest blockbusters!

Summary:  Today Locke Peterseim gives us something different than his usually insightful review of a summer blockbuster; he gives a macro-review of summer blockbusters as an art form. What does their triumph over what might be called "real" films (i.e., with plots, characters, etc) reveal about us? This is one of his best. Post your … Continue reading The one review for all this summer’s hottest blockbusters!

Review of “Inside Out”: fun for kids & disturbing fun for adults

Summary:  Today Locke Peterseim reviews Inside Out. Kids love its great story and fine graphics. Adults love it for more interesting and perhaps disturbing reasons. Read on to learn more.  {2nd of 2 posts today.} “Where Were Sullen, Bitter, Grumpy, and Cynical in Inside Out?” By Locke Peterseim. From the film blog of Open Letters … Continue reading Review of “Inside Out”: fun for kids & disturbing fun for adults

Tomorrowland: If You Don’t Like This Movie, You’ll Kill Our Future

Summary:  Today Locke Peterseim reviews Tomorrowland, Disney's "ode to a pre-Vietnam, pre-Watergate, pre-counterculture past when the early ‘60s, Space Race, Camelot-fueled notion of tomorrow was still bright and gleaming, filled with shining spires and Jetson-styled flying cars and jet packs — it’s pure nostalgia for a lost future." It's only a lost future if we … Continue reading Tomorrowland: If You Don’t Like This Movie, You’ll Kill Our Future