16 Great Films on Amazon Prime Video

A good friend asked if I could recommend a few good films that were available through the Amazon Prime Video program, so I started digging. Now they specifically asked about whether the movies are available for downloading, a cool feature of the Prime program that’s available for some, though not all, movies you can watch through Prime Video. Unfortunately, there’s no list of movies that meet this criterion on the site so it’s up to…Read More

Review: Free State of Jones

People who don’t study history tend to get a very shallow understanding of how events actually transpired. For example, did the United States just magically spring into existence the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed? Did slavery end the day that President Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation? No, in either case. History is considerably more messy and people who don’t support change can drag their heels for years – or decades – after…Read More

Review: Interstellar

Cinema can explore the most intimate of topics or the grandest, and sometimes the stories can be connected in surprising ways. How much difference is there between our relationship to each other and our relationship with the universe after all? It’s the intersection between these two core stories that makes Interstellar one of the most powerful films of 2014 and one of the best science fiction films of a very long time. The film is set in a dismal…Read More

Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

I didn’t much like The Wolf of Wall Street, finding it a story of unbridled excess with no redemption. It might be based on truth, it might even be completely accurate in its portrayal of Jordan Belfort and his exploits, but I felt like I’d watched something rather pornographic rather than a film exploring the excesses of 90’s Wall Street. A better film exploring the same topic, also starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was 2013’s underrated The Great…Read More

Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Some actors are the very same character in every movie. Think John Wayne or Cary Grant, George Clooney or Denzel Washington. It’s not that they lack range, it’s just that they don’t demonstrate it through either their choice of roles or how they choose to play the character. Dallas Buyers Club demonstrates the opposite, with Matthew McConaughey delivering a superb, Oscar-worthy performance as rodeo cowboy, two-bit hustler and unlikely AIDS activist Ron Woodroof. The film…Read More