Lee Weston Sabo
Corning, New York, USA
Lee Weston Sabo is a filmmaker who has written extensively about the cinema scene in his native Rochester, New York, on several blogs. He has an MA in literature and lives in Corning, NY.
» Abnormal Intelligence: Sam Fell and Chris Butler's ParaNorman
"The zombies, horrified by the overwhelming stimuli of television and set upon by hordes of trigger-happy rednecks and torch-wielding schoolteachers, are one of the film's many desperate victims of bullying and xenophobia. At its core, ParaNorman is a family comedy about American lynch mobs."
» The Man Who Shot John Ford — in 3D: Spielberg Retrofits Jurassic Park with Mixed Results
"As cold and insincere as it may be for Spielberg to flush an 'updated' version back into theaters as a marketing blitz for the forthcoming 3D sequel, Jurassic Park still exemplifies, for better and worse, the staying power and effectiveness of Spielbergian theme park ride filmmaking, independent of the fact that it is actually about a theme park, and its success is a testament to how skilled he can be at showing an audience what it wants to see."
» Uncle Sam's Love Letter Samuel Fuller's Park Row on DVD
78 – November 2012)
"If you can get past all these potentially off-putting deviations, Park Row offers Samuel Fuller at his most free, exuberant, and even experimental. As unfocused as the narrative is, it is essentially a realist fable, or collection of fables, condensing an entire rough-and-tumble era into a coincidence-riddled pill."
» Reactionary Riffs: The Failures of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
77 – August 2012)
"The final result of this pretentiousness is The Dark Knight Rises, a Batman film in name only, a joyless endeavor that ignores its heritage and puts on airs to conceal the half-baked politics and juvenile head games hiding behind its dark and scowling mask."
» Auteurs in the Arena: Anthony Mann's The Fall of the Roman Empire
76 – May 2012)
It's thumb's up and thumb's down for Mann's sprawling, fascinating, multi-auteur epic that inspired "bone-headed" imitations from Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and Mel Gibson (Braveheart)
» The Bird Identity: Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol
75 – February 2012)
"Some of the most refreshing aspects of Ghost Protocol are the ways in which it defies so many of the accepted conventions of modern action movies, most of which can probably be attributed to Bird's economic and meticulous mise en scène."
» Selling Yourself: Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop
70 – November 2010)
When Banksy sits in silhouette during his onscreen interviews, we have no proof that it's really him, nor even that Banksy is a real individual."
» "A Walking Childish Id": Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass
68 – May 2010)
"Superheroes live best in their own world..."
» The Greenest Green World: James Cameron's Avatar
67 – February 2010)
"Cameron is Hollywood's dream boy: a superficial auteur with impeccable brand recognition."
» Serious Joke: The Coen Brothers' Emergence as Jewish Humorists
67 – February 2010)
"The films of the Coen brothers seem to take place in a postmodern Chelm, displaced chronologically and geographically."
» Inimitable Charm: Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox
– February 2010)
"Anderson, like Dahl, seems to have told a story to appeal to a child's inner adult."
» "Do You Find Me Sadistic?": Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds 2
– November 2009)
"This is the World War II film confronting its Jungian shadow, acknowledging its darkest impulses and finally purging them."
» Dark Harvest: Robert Kenner's Food, Inc.
– August 2009)
"It's not a tomato, it's the idea of a tomato."
» Pixar's Up: The Japanese Connection
– August 2009)
"It's just a little less Disney."