Of Art and Man – “Hacksaw Ridge” 8/10

“Hacksaw Ridge,” directed by Mel Gibson, is streaming on HBO now. If you can hadle gory WWII combat, I recommend it. I’ve read that Beethoven was a dick. He also composed some of the most transcendently beautiful music ever written. Gibson knows how to direct. His war movies, “Braveheart,” “Apocalypto” and “We Were Soldiers” are…

What’s In the Case?

“It’s beautiful.” Belloq says it when he looks into the golden glow of the ark in “Raiders.” Pumpkin says it when he looks into the golden briefcase in “Pulp Fiction.” It seems like whenever the protagonists are at a crucial point in either film, the predominant color the directors use is gold. McGuffin? Grace? Power?…

RIP George A. Romero

It’s sad to lose one’s heroes. I’ll always be a great admirer of Romero’s work. Growing up in L.A., his career was important proof to me that a Latin-American man could create important, socially-relevant works of art and still be successful in business. “Night of the Living Dead” was the first thing I ever saw…

Castlevania (Netflix Series) – 8/10

The world of dark Medieval fantasy is horrendously underrepresented in anime. So are good TV series based on video game properties. Netflix just made a giant leap forward for both with “Castlevania.” It’s no “Berserk,” (my favorite anime series of all time), but the characters in “Castlevania” are at vastly different power levels, and while…