|Irrational Man |
July 31, 2015
What did Kierkegaard think of contrivance?
Woody Allen must have missed that chapter.
In his new film Irrational Man, Woody substitutes Off-the-Cliff Notes. Irrational Man is a rigged, contrived film about a philosoph ... more
July 29, 2015
Southpaw is MMA.
Mixed Movie Arts, with the emphasis on mixed.
It goes from the highs of Eminem's music to the lows of Jim Lampley's and Roy Jones's boxing analysis.
Southpaw breaks into two parts ... more
|An Appearance on Doug Elfman's Podcast|
July 27, 2015
July 21, 2015
I don't care if Amy Schumer gets laid.
Or my favorite comedian Lewis Black.
Or Dennis Miller. Although he definitely needs to get laid more.
Or actress Mackenzie Davis. Actually, I might be a little interested in her ex ... more
|Infinitely Polar Bear |
July 19, 2015
Infinitely Polar Bear might be called Infinitely Nepotism.
Written and directed by Maya Forbes, it focuses on family life with her actual father (played by Mark Ruffalo), who was manic depressive - bipolar. Maya's hus ... more
|Mr. Holmes |
July 13, 2015
It's been a long time since I had dinner with Basil Rathbone. We argued about modern theatre. To my eternal regret, we didn't talk about Sherlock Holmes.
Now, decades later, in Mr. Holmes, Sherlock is in his dotage. It's ... more
July 7, 2015
Cinema is an international language.
I've received warm reactions from Scandinavian listeners about my interview with screenplay writer Leigh Brackett.
And, of course, Londoners welcomed my interview with Hitch. They even inclu ... more
July 2, 2015
Dope has a jaunty hip-hop in its step.
The movie, set in the present day, pays homage to the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.
Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is a teenage fan of '90s hip-hop. He is committed to its heyday - in hairsty ... more
|Ted 2 |
June 27, 2015
Comedy is a fickle buddy.
It has to be nourished, or it loses its potency.
When you have someone like Seth MacFarlane in the comedy kitchen, you probably are going to lack nourishment. You certainly crave more wit.
Is it Ma ... more
|Inside Out |
June 22, 2015
Film Critics can be like Riley in Inside Out.
Our core memories are precious.
When a character in Pixar's Inside Out makes an allusion to "Jake," it jogs the Chinatown core with aplomb.
I ... more
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Tony Macklin is a freelance film critic. A current member of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, he is a former film and literature professor at the University of Dayton, and the former editor of the filmcrit magazine Film Heritage. His articles and reviews have been most recently featured at Rotten Tomatoes and The Internet Movie Database, as well as in the Bright Lights Film Journal and The Fayetteville Free Weekly.
Tony's well-received book, Voices from the Set: The Film Heritage Interviews (2000), includes his 1970s interviews with Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Martin Scorsese, Alan Rudolph, Robert Altman, Sam Peckinpah, John Wayne, Edith Head, Stockard Channing, Richard Baskin, and others. It's an excellent read for anyone who loves film.
Since 1972, and in every decade since, Tony's picks for best films of all time have been included in the British Film Institute's Critics' Top 10 Poll. Published in BFI's international film magazine, Sight and Sound, the most recent Critics' Top 10 Poll was published in 2002.
Tony's votes are also included in the American Film Institute's lists of bests, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Comedies, 100 Greatest Movies, and more.