|Draft Day |
April 12, 2014
Draft Day suffers from illegal procedure.
It punts from the other team's 10-yard line. It's a good punt, but it's still a nonsensical punt.
The moral of the story is that if you're stupid, good luck can save ... more
April 8, 2014
Medora is a poignant gasp at the devastation of small town America.
The sometimes-fascinating documentary - ably shot by cinematographer Rachael Counce - is a bleakly elegiac glance at a disappearing rural Indiana small town ... more
|Bad Words |
April 3, 2014
After seeing Bad Words, I'm trying to set up a swearing bee between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Bateman.
Louis-Dreyfus (Selina Meyer in HBO's Veep) and Bateman (Guy Trilby in Bad Words) both take cursing to a ... more
|Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 |
March 29, 2014
Early in Nymphomaniac: Volume 1, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) talks about fly fishing. Except this fly has a zipper. And another one. And another one.
Seligman discovers Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) one night, bloody and beaten, lying ... more
|Clint in the Classroom|
March 24, 2014
In 1995, I surreptitiously snuck Clint Eastwood into the Academe. I taught a university course entirely on his work. Today it looks almost prescient.more
|Inside 70's Cinema with Tony Macklin|
March 20, 2014
Critic Tony Macklin and Movie Geeks United! host Jamey DuVall discuss ten films from the decade of the 1970's in-depth, and explore the characteristics that made the era one of the greatest in film history.
Movie Geeks United! is one of the ... more
|Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me |
March 9, 2014
In the marvelous documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, the title figure is a pistol.
She has some misfires, a few blanks, but she's still a straight shooter. She has a canny sense of her target audience, developed over more than ... more
March 1, 2014
Non-Stop is Mistakes on a Plane.
It's not Taken: it's Mistaken.
If you're satisfied to see Liam Neeson, playing Atlas of the air, trying to carry a movie on his wide shoulders, you should enj ... more
|ESPN Radio 1110 - Gridlock Oscars with Tony Macklin Interview|
February 28, 2014
Film Critic and former Dayton Professor, Tony Macklin joined Gridlock with his opinions on the 2014 Academy Awards, as well as, critiquing the Best Film snubs from Oscars past. Read Tony online at TonyMacklin.Net and on Twitter @TonyMacklinFilm
|Jimmy P. |
February 26, 2014
Jimmy P. is one of those movies that is elevated by its acting. An otherwise lackluster film is given impact and quality by the humanizing performances of its leading actors.
Jimmy P. - based on the nonfiction book Rea ... 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.