BABYLON Review – Indulgence, Talent, and Subtext

Damien Chazelle’s latest film has been called many things: grotesque, overlong, indulgent. But there’s a difference between an indulgent film and a film about indulgence. BABYLON, set in 1920s Hollywood, opens hard with graphic bodily functions, and though those burners never fully extinguish, it’s the hardest the film goes for some time. A deliberate message: […]

VAL Review – Kilmer Forever

I didn’t know about Val Kilmer’s battle with throat cancer before this film. Blame my inability to keep up with the latest celebrity news or the fact that Kilmer has always struggled to remain a prominent presence in Hollywood media, but the ads for VAL—the new documentary on his past, present, and possible future—took me […]