Movie Critic Peter Noble-Kuchera is leery of the word “masterpiece,” though he's guilty of using it on rare occasions. That description implies, what, that a flim is flawless? That it is the quintessence of a great director’s career? That it will stand outside of time? “Knowing” is none of those things.
A smart consumer will investigate a technological change, evaluate whether it's an iteration or a leap, and whether it's a leap he finds truly meaningful. Then he'll wait for the "sweet spot" when the technology is widespread enough to reach a mass-market price. But if you are a serious movie-lover, and you can scrape together just under $1,000, it's time to jump.
The film version of the 1980s graphic novel "Watchmen" could not hope to be definitive; the source is uncommonly dense. Directors such as Terry Gilliam have thrown themselves at a treatment of the material for a decade, breaking, always, like angry surf against a cliff. There's that much going on in the book. Read on...
Peter Noble-Kuchera reviews the third installment of the WTIU documentary focusing on the people and culture of Monroe County, Indiana.
On Tuesday, at Best Buy, looking through the new Blu-rays, Peter Noble-Kuchera found Gandhi newly-released and even on sale. What better way to open up the discussion than by Sir Dickie's pedantic history lesson? But then he remembered: this was the week that "The Midnight Meat Train" finally arrives.
WFIU Movie Critic Peter Noble-Kuchera reviews the new animated film from Henry Selick, "Coraline."
WFIU Movie Critic Peter Noble-Kuchera reviews the movie version of the 1961 novel by Richard Yates. This adaptation stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Some people learn from their mistakes. Some people have to have life pound its lessons into them. And some people get pounded and keep doing it anyway. We are accustomed to saying of this kind of person that he is self-destructive, or even that he has a death drive. But I wonder: do we say this out of an unacknowledged jealousy? As a hedge, to reassure ourselves that though we never reached those heights, our more ordinary lives are superior?
"Defiance," a movie about the Bielski Partisans who organized 1,200 wayward Jews, during the darkest days of WWII, hid them in the woods of Byelorussia, and taught them to fight, has another battle on its hands. It has to beat back our own cynicism and ennui about Holocaust films in general. It does so in lightning feints, like a guerilla warrior. Which is not to say it's a great film; it isn't. But not so fast.
He steps out of the truck. He’s just a little old man, must be what, eighty? And after all, there are three of you, strapping teenage boys, king of this corner in this run-down town, and if you want to have a little fun scaring this Hmong girl, who’s going to stop you, him?