Martin Scorsese’s “Risky” The Irishman Inches Closer to Release

Those waiting for Martin Scorsese's next crime epic might finally be able to circle a date on the calendar. The Irishman, the long-gestating period piece set at least partly in the '70s, follows Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a union leader turned mobster, and his potential involvement in the disappearance of fellow union leader Jimmy Hoffa …

Dance or Die: a cinematic exploration of female hysteria and dance

Dance is one of the most physical, brutal expressions of emotion, requiring a loosening of the body and the senses that can be as poetic as it is frightening. Over the last 70 years, there has been a cinematic rise in the portrayal of danseuses-macabres who give up body, love and soul for their performance. …

All Is Lost

Robert Redford as Our Man in All Is Lost

The power of the human spirit and the inherent will to survive is a fascinating aspect of our makeup, perhaps never explored more interestingly than in All Is Lost. The 2013 film by J. C. Chandor is nothing short of a cinematic miracle, preserving for all time one of the screen's most celebrated actors in …

Bright Lights & Lonely Nights: The Legacy & Impact of The Wrestler 10 Years Later

Mickey Rourke as Randy "The Ram" Robinson

I remember seeing The Wrestler in a small theater called The Esquire here in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a theater that typically featured independent releases and is located in a more art-friendly part of town. Any film directed by Darren Aronofsky, especially then, was likely to be well attended at that theater, but I remember …