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'Sicario' romanticizes revenge in gritty Hollywood take on US/Mexican drug war -- a film review

Note: we’ve waited a bit to share our review of this film to reference what some might consider spoilers.

Too many of director Denis Villeneuve’s… 1,788 more words


Sicario (2015)

Sicario (2015)

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal

Just when I was ready to write off 2015 as being a relatively underwhelming year for Hollywood, a true masterwork rears its head and absolutely blows my expectations out of the proverbial water.   823 more words


Yo Yo Dark Thirty

No, I don’t know how Verne and Hammy swapped places that fast. Apparently, something happens between the time I write these things and they’re published. I think some drawing is involved. 10 more words

Comic Commentary

For Fact-Based Films, Is Scrupulous Accuracy the Ultimate Goal?

It’s perhaps appropriate that a film called “Truth” is gearing up for this year’s awards race, with other movies on the circuit already weathering the usual criticisms regarding the dramatization of real-life events. 753 more words


The Tuesday Zone: 'Sicario' (2015) and Implicit Politics

Denis Villeneueve is an exciting talent in film right now, a director who wrings out brilliant work from actors and cinematographers to make cinema that is visceral, darkly beautiful, and intellectually engaging.  1,552 more words

The Tuesday Zone

Katheryn Bigelow and Pop Anti-Analysis

Earlier this month, a FOIA request yielded another hundred pages of documents relating to the CIA’s collaboration with the filmmakers behind Zero Dark Thirty. As is customary when these things happen, the typical response included a few recurring threads.  916 more words



Sicario opens with a drugs raid on a house whose walls turn out to be lined with 40 rotting corpses. How could anyone live there? Doesn’t the smell bother them? 389 more words