Buddy Games

Release: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 (internet)  👀 Hulu  Written by: Josh Duhamel; Bob Schwartz; Jude Weng Directed by: Josh Duhamel Starring: Josh Duhamel; Dax Shepard; Olivia Munn; Nick Swardson; James Roday Rodriguez; Dan Bakkedahl; Kevin Dillon */***** Party movies are supposed to be fun, right? Well, Buddy Games proves that stereotype wrong.  It is a rough start forContinue reading “Buddy Games”

The World to Come

Released: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 (VOD)  👀 Sundance 2021 Premiere  Written by: Jim Shepard; Ron Hansen  Directed by: Mona Fastvold  Starring: Katherine Waterston; Vanessa Kirby; Christopher Abbot; Casey Affleck   ***/***** Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come, a beguiling romance set on the American frontier, is often literally perched on the edge of light and dark. Though itsContinue reading “The World to Come”

Just a Quick Thought

Well it’s been a minute. Actually it has been the longest stretch of no posting since the earliest days of the blog, since my “hiatus” from July 2011 until March 2012, a period that abruptly ended when I saw Todd Phillips’ Project X and felt compelled to go on the internet to complain about it afterwards.Continue reading “Just a Quick Thought”

When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Shallow

It feels like only yesterday the world fell in love with Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, the third and most recent remake of the classic ill-fated romance between two lovers in showbiz whose career trajectories are trending in opposite directions. Maybe it doesn’t feel like the two years it has actually been considering how thirstyContinue reading “When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Shallow”

The Scarlett Johansson Project — #7

I could not wait to get to this one. This is actually the one performance that made me officially choose Scarlett Johansson this year over my other choice. Casting my mind all the way back to 2014, I remember walking out of the theater a total wreck. For anyone who has ever had an ex,Continue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #7”

Just a Quick Thought: The New Rules of IMDb

. . . do they include not being able to use images anymore from their library? I have been trying to find good images for an upcoming review (which shall remain nameless) to place on my site. As you probably are already aware, I make sure to acknowledge licensed content at the bottom of eachContinue reading “Just a Quick Thought: The New Rules of IMDb”

Extraction

Release: Friday, April 24, 2020 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Joe Russo  Directed by: Sam Hargrave  The more cynical takeaway here is that Extraction exists for no other purpose than to prove that the three — er, make it four — Marvel Cinematic Universe alums who have made it possible are capable of more hard-hitting, violent movies. The marketingContinue reading “Extraction”

The Scarlett Johansson Project — #6

In perhaps one of the more extreme examples of not knowing what you have until it’s gone, this month’s installment takes a look at a movie that begins with the absence of humanity and works backward, discovering in the process the aches and pains and consequences of being alive. More specifically, being human. Unfolding as oneContinue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #6”

Palm Springs

Release: Friday, July 10, 2020 (Hulu) →Hulu Written by: Andy Siara Directed by: Max Barbakow Palm Springs, a buzzy new Hulu original starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti and J.K. Simmons, for me has an unusual distinction. This romantic comedy about two strangers stuck in a time loop at a wedding boasts one of the best post-credits scenes I’veContinue reading “Palm Springs”

Buffaloed

Release: Friday, February 14, 2020 (limited) →Hulu  Written by: Brian Sacca Directed by: Tanya Wexler Buffaloed is a great example of why I love Zoey Deutch. I haven’t always loved the movies she’s been in — Why Him? (which I’ve seen) and Dirty Grandpa (which I make my life goal to avoid) I like to think are goodContinue reading “Buffaloed”