Cheap Thrills

Release: Friday, March 21, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: David Chirchirillo; Trent Haaga  Directed by: E.L. Katz There are some things money can’t buy. As Cheap Thrills goes to show, confidence, self-respect, and social acceptance apparently aren’t among those things. Here is a movie that invites the viewer to bare witness to something of a moral dilemma: watching a manContinue reading “Cheap Thrills”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

Release: Friday, November 21, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Peter Craig; Danny Strong Directed by: Francis Lawrence Katniss ought to have directed that last arrow at Hollywood’s greedy, deep-pocketed execs. While I will always be a proponent of staying just a little bit longer inside the Hunger Games, it’s hard to ignore the gratuitousness of the decision to split yet another YAContinue reading “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1”

Whiplash

Release: Friday, October 10, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Damien Chazelle  Directed by: Damien Chazelle I know that Terence Fletcher wouldn’t give a rat’s you-know-what about any kind of critique of his performance or his teaching methods. So we’ll keep this between us, okay? I don’t want a chair thrown at me, thank you very much. In this surprisinglyContinue reading “Whiplash”

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Release: Friday, October 17, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu; Nicolás Giacobone; Alexander Dinelaris Jr.; Armando Bo Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu  Michael Keaton as Birdman as Batman, is awesome. Behind him, a coterie of memorable characters, some fictitious and others parodies of the performers playing them. There’s Ed Norton in his underwear, Emma Stone in a drugContinue reading “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

The Franco Files #10

Welcome to November, and the second-to-last edition of The Franco Files!* You know what? I’ll just spare you the time of looking around on the page for an explanation for that asterisk that sits naggingly in the previous sentence and just explain right here: it basically indicates that this is pretty much the end ofContinue reading “The Franco Files #10”

Interstellar

Release: Friday, November 7, 2014 [RPX Theater] Written by: Jonathan Nolan; Christopher Nolan  Directed by: Christopher Nolan Interstellar is a fascinating adventure, even if its credibility is trumped by spectacle. And somewhere throughout this epic excursion to the far reaches of our universe I half expected Matthew McConaughey to make the pithy observation that Dorothy is not in KansasContinue reading “Interstellar”

Nightcrawler

Release: Friday, October 31, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Dan Gilroy Directed by: Dan Gilroy For anyone reeling in nostalgia for the days of Donnie Darko, boy do I have some good news for you. Jake Gyllenhaal is back and at least for the moment seems untouchable once more, playing the consummate weirdo very few of us are likelyContinue reading “Nightcrawler”