A Work in Progress

My website it currently undergoing a pretty major design overhaul. Please bear with me as progress continues. All of the links should still work, but you may find yourself on a page that still has the old design.

Coming soon to Joel on Film: Joel on Oscars! I'm making changes, some cosmetic and others a bit more necessary, to the front page of this website and various others throughout (Pardon my dust as I clean up around here), and that includes tackling the awards season. Yes, this will be a permanent fixture at the site now, updated every two weeks from October to broadcast. Just keep an eye on the top of the page for that soon!

The Death Cure

Review coming soon!

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Review coming soon!

The Final Year

The Final Year exists in a state of denial about what would ultimately come to be true. It's the bitter pill of hindsight that elevates director Greg Barker's documentary, which follows a trio of government officials in the final months of President Barack Obama's time in the Oval Office, beyond merely being an elegy about what could have been. The film exists in a representative present in which billionaire mogul Donald Trump's election (until it happens) was considered an improbability, if not a full-on impossibility. The stage, it seems, was set for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to fill Obama's chair.

Continue reading...

Happy End

Review coming soon!

Mom & Dad

Review coming soon!

Small Town Crime

Review coming soon!

Classic Cinema Corner
Classic Corner

Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope

Even today, "Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope" is relentless in its pacing and highly effective in its relaying of the hero's journey, told through the prism of an oddball space western never expected to succeed by writer/director George Lucas. It's amusing now, seeing the film as a fairly straightforward study of good vs. evil, to consider that it was mocked by those contemporary filmmakers who thought Lucas foolish to take on such fringe genre material. This is a story of light and dark, of a force that binds the galaxy together, and of three ragtag antiheroes forced into a conflict that seems to have spanned decades.

There is the young man whose past dictates his future and his fate and who dreams of better things off in the space outside his planet that includes two suns to the west. There is the young woman, a member of her planet's royal family but far more headstrong and willful than that implies, who simply wants peace for her people. There is the scoundrel, whose gruffness is as lovable as his ruthlessness is disarming (He kills another smuggler out of both self-defense and self-preservation). There is the main heavy, a villain of real menace whose connection to the hero is the fuel for a classic revenge story and who has the physical presence necessary for the job of villain.

Continue reading...

©2014- Joel on Film | Site design by Justin Copling