BIG FISH

By Jared M. Gordon Big Fish – 2003 – dir. Tim Burton Tim Burton’s Big Fish is an homage to everything that we were, everything that we are, and everything that we will be.  What really bakes your noodle is … Continue reading

STAR TREK

By Jared M. Gordon Star Trek – 2009 – dir. JJ Abrams Before I went to see J. J. Abrams’ version of the classic franchise, I was treated to dark whispers and quiet warnings such as, “If you’re a big-time … Continue reading

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON

By Jared M. Gordon Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – 2000 – dir. Ang Lee “When in comes to the affairs of the heart, even the greatest warriors can be consummate idiots.” Ang Lee’s homage to Du Lu Wang’s kung-fu novel, … Continue reading

Good Nightmare: CORALINE

By Jared M. Gordon Coraline – 2009 – dir. Henry Selnick “You probably think this world is a dream come true… but you’re wrong.” From the minds of Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods), … Continue reading

Jesus Christ’s Lust for Glory: MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN

By Jared M. Gordon  Monty Python’s Life of Brian – 1979 –  dir. Terry Jones In a motion picture “destined to offend nearly two thirds of the civilized world and severely annoy the other third,” you know to expect the … Continue reading