TBT: The B.F.G. (Big Friendly Giant) (1989)

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and now here we are, at the end of Roald Dahl month on TBT. I hope you all have enjoyed going through these posts as much as I have in creating them. I have to confess, when we entered the new year I had absolutely noContinue reading “TBT: The B.F.G. (Big Friendly Giant) (1989)”

The Act of Killing

Release: Friday, July 19, 2013 (limited) [Netflix] Abundant are the films that, post-viewing, make you grateful for the experience, even though they took you far outside your comfort zone. There are even those that you really wish you could un-see; those that haunt your mind like a recurring nightmare. And then there’s Joshua Oppenheimer’s The ActContinue reading “The Act of Killing”

Lone Survivor

Release: Christmas Day 2013 (limited) [Theater] Before we dive into an analysis of this film, let’s first get one thing straight: this is no Saving Private Ryan. The critic who made that comparison probably made it in the (understandably) dizzying buzz after experiencing an early screening of Peter Berg’s war film and felt compelled to giveContinue reading “Lone Survivor”

TBT: Matilda (1996)

Throwback Thursday is here once again, offering up only the most nostalgic trips back in time as possible. This week is certainly no different. We go back to a time and place where children were best seen and not heard from; where it was alright for their parents to be downright nasty to them (evenContinue reading “TBT: Matilda (1996)”

Saving Mr. Banks

Release: Friday, December 20, 2013 [Theater] What’s that old adage — the Poppins you do know is better than the Poppins you don’t? Director John Lee Hancock (The Rookie) takes on the challenge of recreating the experiences shared by Walt Disney, his band of dedicated, enthusiastic studio hands and P.L. Travers, the author who dreamt upContinue reading “Saving Mr. Banks”

Ride Along

Release: Friday, January 17, 2014 [Theater] It’s official. Kevin Hart is the black Chris Farley. Er, well. . .he’s certainly trying. His new comedy vehicle sees him performing at a spasmodic level not seen since cocaine was readily available in the 80s. I mean, damn dude, someone give this guy a beta blocker before he strokesContinue reading “Ride Along”

30-for-30: The Price of Gold

Release: Thursday, January 16, 2014 [ESPN] Why? Why? Why. . . .wasn’t there more security in the building at the time of the incident? In this relatively high-profile documentary, we are entreated to an inside look into the lives of two gifted female figure skaters — Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan — and how their worldsContinue reading “30-for-30: The Price of Gold”

TBT: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

As we continue to make our way through Roald Dahl January, I can’t help but think this has been one of my favorite months for this thread. Of course, this particular January is stuffed with five Thursdays, so I am going to have to dig deep to find five film adaptations of this man’s brilliantContinue reading “TBT: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)”

Inside Llewyn Davis

Release: Friday, December 6, 2013 [Theater] “A folk singer with a cat. Is that part of your act? Every time you hit a C-major, does he puke a hairball?” For whatever it’s worth, this line delivered by John Goodman’s character was intended to hurt Llewyn Davis’ feelings, not the cat’s. I suppose if the poor felineContinue reading “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus (and 2012)

Release: Friday, July 12, 2013 (limited) [Netflix] Despite the poster, Michael Cera doesn’t spend the entire film running around, looking like he’s about to elope with part of a cactus. He does come close to doing just that, though, at one point or another, but come on. If you are sitting there thinking this is goingContinue reading “Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus (and 2012)”