Jeff York

Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is Masterful, but Not Quite a Masterpiece

Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is Masterful, but Not Quite a Masterpiece

As Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) carves a swastika into the forehead of Nazi Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, the American quips, “I think this just might be my masterpiece.” It was a fantastic curtain line, as well as the filmmaker’s clever opinion of his work. Indeed, for my money, that […]

 Jeff York

“Mary Queen of Scots” Dwells on Luridness More than Facts

“Mary Queen of Scots” Dwells on Luridness More than Facts

The story of the rivalry between Mary Stuart, the Catholic ruler of Scotland, and Elizabeth I, the Protestant queen of England, is a complex and enthralling one concerning power, religion, and womanhood in the 16th century. When those themes show up onscreen in Mary Queen of Scots, the film feels immediate and vital. Unfortunately, too […]

 Jeff York

Margot Robbie’s Femme Fatale Dominates the Stylish Noir of “Terminal”

Margot Robbie’s Femme Fatale Dominates the Stylish Noir of “Terminal”

In celebrity interviews on television, Margot Robbie comes off like “the girl next door.” On screen, however, her persona is more like the girl who will end up putting you in jail or worse. Robbie purred and slithered all over Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” She stole “Suicide Squad” with a Harley […]