Discuss: Wisconsin Film Festival Jake Smith reflects briefly on the films he saw in the second half of the 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival, including a pair of pictures with Ingrid Bergman and the newest from Whit Stillman. As is so often the case with the second half of the Festival, my reach exceeds my grasp when […]
Jake Smith shares brief thoughts on the films he has seen so far at the 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival.
Jake Smith sees in Serial Killer 1 a solid crime drama that is focused far more on the crime than the drama.
Review: Wisconsin Film Festival Love & Peace | Sion Sono | Japan | 2015 | 117 minutes UW Union South Marquee, Friday, April 15 at 3:45pm» Sundance Cinemas, Sunday, April 17 at 3:45pm» Jake Smith takes a look at Love & Peace and finds it to be a pleasant intersection of the crazy with the conventional. The […]
Missed Madison Film Festival Kilo Two Bravo | Paul Katis | UK, Jordan | 2014 | 108 minutes Netflix | Amazon Video | GoWatchIt In a true story of the war in Afghanistan, Jake Smith finds a director worth watching and a film that renders the horrors of war with terrifying efficacy. A British soldier in Afghanistan receives a birthday […]
Missed Madison Film Festival Office | Johnnie To | China, Hong Kong | 2015 | 119 minutes Queue at GoWatchIt for availability updates» Jake Smith looks at Johnnie To’s latest and finds a brilliant film that has distinctive reasons for being part of this week’s Missed Madison Fest. At the start of any film from Johnnie To’s production […]
Jake’s Take: One Image from Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012) The biggest box office success of the series is M’s film as much as it is Bond’s. “Oh, to hell with dignity. I’ll leave when the job’s done.” It’s no accident that all three of the images from the Craig films have involved the films’ women. And […]
Jake’s Take: One Image from Quantum of Solace (Marc Forster, 2008) The most misunderstood film since OHMSS also has the best Bond woman in the entire series. “I don’t think the dead care about vengeance.” After 22 films, we have finally arrived at the best of the Bond women. Rewatching Quantum of Solace the other night, […]
Jake’s Take: One Image from Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006) Over forty years after the franchise began, the story of James Bond and Vesper Lynd is finally told. “It doesn’t bother you? Killing those people? “Well, I wouldn’t be very good at my job if it did.” Before proceeding here, I must make a quick note. […]
Jake’s Take: One Image from Die Another Day (Lee Tamahori, 2002) The magnificent Judi Dench at the end of one Bond’s tenure and on the cusp of another’s. “Knowing who to trust is everything in this business.” Talking about Q in my last post, it seemed logical to move a few letters back in the alphabet […]