“Understated” isn’t a word you’d ordinarily use to describe a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but that’s surprisingly what 12 Strong ends up being.
Scott Jordan Harris is a film critic from Great Britain. Formerly editor of The Spectator's arts blog and The Big Picture magazine, he is now a culture blogger for The Daily Telegraph; a contributor to BBC Radio 4's The Film Programme and Front Row and Roger Ebert's UK correspondent.
He is the author of the book Rosebud Sleds and Horses' Heads: 50 of Film's Most Evocative Objects and the editor of the New York, New
Orleans, Chicago and San Francisco volumes of the World Film Locations
His writing has been published by, among others, Sight & Sound, The Spectator, BBC online, The Guardian, Fangoria, The Huffington Post, The Australian Film Institute, movieScope and RogerEbert.com.
He first went to a cinema to see Disney’s Pinocchio and the loud music, combined with the scary whale, made him cry. He was 22.
An obituary for the one and only Jerry Lewis.
An FFC on recent comments by Michael Eisner.
A piece on the 1000-week run of "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge."
Bombay Sapphire and Geoffrey Fletcher gave short filmmakers a challenge. Scott Jordan Harris examines the results.
Scott Jordan Harris argues that disabled characters should not be played by able-bodied actors.
Our friend and colleague Jeff Shannon passed away yesterday. Scott Jordan Harris remembers Jeff's life and work.
Scott Jordan Harris picks his favorite piece of Roger's writing.
Scott Jordan Harris muses on the awful pleasures of the lowest-grossing film of 2012.
Roger was a titan in the film community, but he was also a beacon for the seriously disabled.
"Thrilla in Manila" is available on DVD, and in six parts on YouTube.
Joe Frazier was the toughest fighter I've ever seen. I keep a picture of him above my bed. It preserves, in one immortal monochrome moment, the most important punch Smokin' Joe ever threw: the left hook that floored Muhammad Ali, and retained Frazier's world title, in the final round of 1971's "Fight of the Century" in Madison Square Garden.