The Upside (2019)

The Upside (2019)
“Kevin Hart Goes to the Opera” I just had a shocking experience at the movies, the kind that makes you feel like you got hit by lightning. I went to see Neil Burger’s The Upside, whose plot description, about a streetwise Black man who takes care of a grumpy rich white male quadriplegic, seems just ...

The Nice Guys (2016)

The Nice Guys (2016)
“Nice Guys Finish First” This is my 150th post since I started writing regularly about films in current release, and it’s time to revisit my statement of purpose, a defense of learnedness as a framework for discussing the cinema. In applying Walter Benjamin’s famous essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” ...