5 Great David Bowie Songs in Films

Like the rest of the world, I woke up this morning to the impossibly sad news that David Bowie had died. He was so enduring and influential — ever-changing yet timeless — that it seems impossible he’s no longer here. Hell, my 6-year-old knows “Under Pressure” because it plays during the “Minions” trailer — that’s […]

RogerEbert.com — Jimi: All Is By My Side

The makers of the new musical drama about Jimi Hendrix, “Jimi: All Is By My side” took a potential obstacle — the Hendrix estate’s refusal to grant access to any of his music — and turned it into an opportunity. Writer-director John Ridley’s film focuses on the year before Hendrix exploded into superstardom, when he […]

What the Flick?! — Jimi: All Is By My Side

This is a Jimi Hendrix biography without any Jimi Hendrix music in it. That would sound like a problem, but writer-director John Ridley actually has taken an innovative approach to a famous life. I liked this movie a lot. Alonso was not so impressed.

15 Films That Have Stayed With Me

There’s a fun challenge that’s been going around Facebook lately: Choose 15 films that have stayed with you throughout your life. One of the dads at school who’s become a friend of mine posed the challenge to me. Impossible, I thought at first. I write about movies for a living — how could I pick […]

Get on Up

Universal Pictures Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language and violent situations. Running time: 138 minutes. Three stars out of four. Anyone who knows me well knows of my deep love for the criminally underrated “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.” We quote lines and sing songs from it around the house […]

What the Flick?! — Harold Ramis tribute

The What the Flick?! crew looks back on the great career of the late Harold Ramis. We all grew up in the 1970s and ’80s, so Ramis’ films really shaped our comic sensibilities.

On Harold Ramis, 1944-2014

There’s no way any of us realized in the moment how great Harold Ramis was. The comedies he directed, wrote and/or co-starred in have seeped into our systems through our pores and entered our DNA by this point — especially for those of us who grew up in the 1980s. We’ve all seen “Animal House,” […]