FILM REVIEW // Ambulance

Published April 8, 2022 at ZekeFilm.org. Michael Bay’s Latest Bit of Majestic Chaos is High on Speed DIRECTOR: MICHAEL BAY/2022 Bay is back, baby!  Okay, it hasn’t technically been that long since a new installment of Michael Bay’s singular vision of mayhem was released, but it’s been at least a decade since one felt like an event—perhaps the …

BLU-RAY REVIEW // What’s So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)

Published October 4, 2021 at ZekeFilm.org. George Peppard and Mary Tyler Moore Spread a Pandemic Worth Catching DIRECTOR: GEORGE SEATON/1968 BLU-RAY STREET DATE: AUGUST 24, 2021/KL STUDIO CLASSICS I cannot imagine a weirder movie to watch in 2021.  The premise: An airborne virus appears in New York City thanks to a flying animal traveling from …

FILM REVIEW // Soul

Published March 15, 2021 at ZekeFilm.org. Inside Out Meets Mr. Holland’s Opus in Pixar’s Latest—And Greatest? DIRECTORS: PETE DOCTER AND KEMP POWERS (CO-DIRECTOR)/2020 Plenty of thought (and many a joke) has been put into Pixar’s standard “what if” plot engines: What if monsters and superheroes were real? What if toys and cars were alive? What if bugs or fish or rats had feelings? Heck, what if feelings had feelings? …

FILM REVIEW // Mortal Engines

Published December 13, 2018 at ZekeFilm.org. You’ve Already Read This Review Because You’ve Already Seen Mortal Engines DIRECTED BY CHRISTIAN RIVERS/2018 (Insert attention-grabbing opener here.) I usually try to open with a plot summary, a question, a quote, a Hollywood trend, perhaps a personal anecdote. But with Mortal Engines, what’s the point? I’ve already written this review—several …

FEATURE // Waiting for a Legacy: Summer Movie Flops & Ishtar 31 Years Later

Published May 20, 2018 at ZekeFilm.org. Summer Movies are a Dangerous Business, and No One Knows It Better than Ishtar Ah, summertime. The season of long days and short shorts, of cool ice cream cones and humid afternoons at the pool, and—for us movie junkies—of box office-crushing blockbusters and box office-crushed flops. Movies can earn the epithet …

FEATURE // Baby Driver, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Modern Musical

Published March 4, 2018 at ZekeFilm.org. Why Edgar Wright and James Gunn Made the Best Musicals of 2017 The Jazz Singer to La La Land, Singin’ in the Rain to Sing Street, Meet Me in St. Louis to Moulin Rouge! Oscar isn’t the only one celebrating a major birthday this weekend—2017 also celebrated the 90th …