Release: Friday, January 13, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Jay Cocks; Martin Scorsese Directed by: Martin Scorsese Marty's new film is so tonally different from what he last put out it made me feel like I was atoning for all those good times I had with Jordan Belfort and company in his Wall Street-based bacchanalian. Silence is such a brutal watch I … Continue reading Silence
Hello everyone. I thought I would tip my readers off to something subtle going on here. My blog is changing. I'm finally re-branding. I know, I know. It's been Digital Shortbread for over half a decade now. Risk much? Yes. Yes it is. Work much? Yes, yes it also is. Worthwhile? I'll leave that one … Continue reading Welcome to Thomas J!
Peer pressure strikes again, people. I'm doing a Blindspot list this year. That's right. Twelve films, one reviewed per month. I've seen so many fascinating lists over the past several years and finally I think I'm ready to tackle one of my own. It's an inspired idea, and someone should get a sticker or something … Continue reading Blindspot 2017
Release: Christmas Day 2016 [Theater] Written by: Luke Davies Directed by: Garth Davis Lion operates on behalf of non-profit organizations across the globe endeavoring to end the epidemic of child homelessness in developing nations. It is an earnest, emotionally charged exploration of a life less ordinary, simultaneously a delicate and powerful epic that should give hope to others who find themselves similarly … Continue reading Lion
Two nights ago I was browsing through my Netflix looking for a potential stand-out for my monthly sports documentary review. As regular readers are aware, at the end of each month I like to discuss a 30-for-30 film, products of ESPN's wonderful documentary series. Well this week I had the rude awakening that Netflix may … Continue reading A DSB Quick Thought: Netflix purges 30-for-30?
Release: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jon Spaihts Directed by: Morten Tyldum Morten Tyldum is a Norwegian director who has been on the fast-track to success ever since bursting on to the world stage in 2011 with his critically acclaimed Headhunters, an action thriller based upon a novel by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø and featuring a Scandinavian cast. He's never looked … Continue reading Passengers
Release: Friday, December 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: John Hamburg; Ian Helfer Directed by: John Hamburg My biggest gripe with Why Him? It's actually not that it represents yet another painfully unfunny Christmas comedy. Well, it kind of is. I'm dismayed more because it is a painfully unfunny Christmas comedy starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston. Bryan Cranston! Also … Continue reading Why Him?
Release: Friday, November 18, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Uda Benyamina; Romain Compingt; Malik Rumeau Directed by: Uda Benyamina Divines provides a bleak but brilliant look into the lives of two teens in the Parisian banlieue. It follows Dounia and her best friend Maimouna as they seek out ways of making quick money so they can one day break … Continue reading Divines
This past year hasn't exactly been kind but as I've spent time putting together what could be the final Digibread Awards post, I've realized it hasn't been all bad. There have been some bright spots and some great movies to keep a lot of the negativity at bay. And what seemed for a long time to be … Continue reading The 2016 Digibread Awards
Release: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 [Netflix] Directed by: Eric Drath Spectators historically aren't accustomed to seeing a professional boxer not finish what they started -- at least, not voluntarily. When Roberto Durán, the man with two of the most devastating fists in all of boxing, waved his gloves at his opponent in the 8th round of a 15-round bout signifying … Continue reading 30-for-30: No Más