Mortdecai

Release: Friday, January 23, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Eric Aronson Directed by: David Koepp Charlie Mortdecai has a sensitive gag reflex. He endearingly calls it a ‘sympathetic gag.’ After seeing Johnny Depp embrace an entirely new level of bizarre here, I’m pretty sure I’ve developed something similar, except mine’s not out of sympathy. I’m genuinely disgusted by how badContinue reading “Mortdecai”

TBT: Flubber (1997)

As we close out the first month of TBT’s for the year 2015 here, I’d just like to remind everyone not to panic. Although it seems like the calendar is already rushing by, uh. . . well, actually. Yeah it is just rushing by. I had a thought there for a second and lost it.Continue reading “TBT: Flubber (1997)”

Blackhat

Release: Friday, January 16, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Morgan Davis Foehl Directed by: Michael Mann Even with an hilariously miscast Chris Hemsworth, Blackhat is utterly forgettable. Something that’s less forgettable is its horrendous opening weekend performance. Set against a budget of $70 million, Michael Mann’s cybercrime would-be-thriller brought in a grand total of $1.7 million in its debut, necessarily deeming BlackhatContinue reading “Blackhat”

The Guest

Release: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (limited) [Redbox] Written by:  Simon Barrett  Directed by: Adam Wingard British actor Dan Stevens elevates Adam Wingard’s thought-provoking and emotional mystery thriller to bloody awesome levels. Though The Guest isn’t exactly a title free from spoiler potential, you’d be hard-pressed to make accurate guesses as to what ultimately becomes of a familyContinue reading “The Guest”

TBT: Airplane! (1980)

We continue our silly little exploits of the film industry of yesteryear throughout this, the 2,015th January since the A.D. era officially got underway, and yes this time we are going to get good and silly indeed. I took a poll last week to see what kind of film everyone would like to see next (IContinue reading “TBT: Airplane! (1980)”

American Sniper

Release: Friday, January 16, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Jason Hall Directed by: Clint Eastwood In Dirty Harry’s return to slightly more confident filmmaking, Bradley Cooper is one bad man. I mean, his Chris Kyle is a good man, but a bad . . . ah, never mind. The Odessa, Texas native is the center of attention in a biopicContinue reading “American Sniper”

TBT: Caddyshack (1980)

Okay, so I admit it’s not quite golf season yet. However it has been ‘good movie’ season for a couple of weeks now so I think it’s time we feature a quality comedy in this month’s batch of TBTs. And you might as well throw in the very compelling reason that this comes very close to beingContinue reading “TBT: Caddyshack (1980)”

Inherent Vice

Release: January 9, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by:  Paul Thomas Anderson Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson The Andersonian school of thought is that one ought to at least work a little for their entertainment. A movie featuring a bunch of booze, bongs and babes doesn’t seem like it would be hard to follow along with, but if youContinue reading “Inherent Vice”

The Gambler

Release: Christmas Day 2014 [Theater] Written by: William Monahan Directed by: Rupert Wyatt Huh. So that’s what it feels like to be completely ripped off by a movie. I mean, completely. Like, I know it’s dumb to go all-in on a movie that has received so little attention and marketing for something that features the likes of Marky-Mark, theContinue reading “The Gambler”

TBT: Saving Private Ryan (1998)

In trying to keep with a theme for this month’s batch of TBT’s, I have failed. 😦 I kind of put myself in a bad spot by opening the month (and the year) with Arnie’s disastrous adventure involving Armageddon in End of Days, a film I didn’t really feel comfortable with “associating” with any others asContinue reading “TBT: Saving Private Ryan (1998)”