Month: January 2015

Review: “American Sniper”

After six Oscar nominations and huge box office numbers its opening weekend, 2 Shot guest writer and media studies scholar Nathan Blake takes a hard look at director Clint Eastwood’s latest effort, American Sniper.  (more…)

Review: “Doubt”

Pickup: A new year should be an opportunity for turning over a new leaf. Here at the 2 Shot that means seeking out films that once dodged our attention. Despite a considerable amount of critical praise, John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt (2008) is one that slipped through the cracks. Having seen it for the first time some weeks ago, its relevance has been on my mind since. (more…)

Suburban Nightmare: Nicholas Ray’s “Bigger Than Life” (1956)

I came across Bigger Than Life (1956) rather unexpectedly. In the last month or so, the Criterion Collection has become something of great interest. While I was watching a video showing director Nicolas Winding Refn talk about his favorite movies in the Criterion pantheon, he chose this one, calling it an “absolute masterpiece.”
After reading about the film, I became intrigued and picked it up over the holidays. (more…)

Convince Me: Why is “The Godfather” (1972) so great?

In the inaugural “Convince Me” post, wherein one of us tries to convince the other why a movie is truly great, Nick tries to convince Ryan on Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972). Warning: SPOILER ALERT!