Jon Abrams

Slow-Motion Quick-Draw #156 – Easy A.

  The best praise I can give Easy A is that it can stand without shame alongside Clueless and Mean Girls as a female-friendly high school movie that’s just as watchable for guys and just as entertaining for grown-ups. That happens because of a likable lead actress (Zombieland’s Emma Stone) and a small cavalry of equally … Continue reading

Slow-Motion Quick-Draw #157 – Frozen.

  Frozen is a killer premise well-executed. Here’s how simple it is: Three college students on a ski trip get stranded on a lift, halfway up the mountain. No one knows they’re up there. There’s nobody around to hear their calls for help. It’s too high to jump, it’s below freezing, and there are hungry things in the woods. Can’t … Continue reading

Slow-Motion Quick-Draw #152 – Vigilante (1983).

  Martin Scorsese believes in film preservation because, as he says, even the films which aren’t considered great are still worthy as historical documents – they show us how people and places looked in the not-too-distant past, and they suggest what those people may have been thinking about.  This is another reason why Martin Scorsese … Continue reading