Author: Nathan Blake

Review: “Lady Bird” (2017)

by Nathan Blake

It might seem strange to call Lady Bird a love-letter to Sacramento, but it is exactly that. First-time director Greta Gerwig, who also wrote the script, uses an intimate scope to capture the complexities of her hometown, and the result is one of the best films of the year. (more…)


Posters as a Stamp of the Auteur

by Nathan Blake

While analyzing the first promotional materials for Steven Spielberg’s The Post, I was immediately struck by the font used in the trailer and on the film’s poster. The Helvetica font was previously used in posters, trailers and opening titles for Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, which also starred Tom Hanks. The font also played a part in advertisements for Saving Private Ryan, though that was not the font used for titles within the film itself. (more…)

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Review: “Sully”

Post by Nathan Blake

“Sully is Clint Eastwood’s best film in more than a decade.” (more…)

Review: “The BFG”

Post by Nathan Blake

The BFG, Steven Spielberg’s first non-historical film since 2011’s The Adventures of Tintin, is a little bumpy at times, but overall works as a charming, light and visually stunning adaption of the Roald Dahl book from 1982. (more…)

Game Change, 1964: A Review of HBO’s “All the Way”

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2 Shot contributor Nathan Blake reviews HBO’s All the Way, directed by Jay Roach and starring Bryan Cranston. (more…)