Genre Grandeur – The Kings of Summer (2013) – Digital Shortbread

Originally posted on MovieRob:
For this month’s first entry for Genre Grandeur February – Coming of Age movie’s, here’s a review of The Kings of Summer (2013) by Tom of Digital Shortbread. Thanks again to Justine of Justine’s movie blog for choosing this month’s genre. Next month’s Genre, chosen by  Anna of Film Grimoire will be…

TBT: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Mercifully the month of February comes to an end this weekend. I say this not because of the romantic theme I’ve put everyone through on this feature over the last couple of weeks (I guess that’s bad enough), but because the weather around here has been downright crazy. Last night I put my car in aContinue reading “TBT: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)”

Only Lovers Left Alive

Release: Friday, April 11, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Jim Jarmusch Directed by: Jim Jarmusch Vampires have never seemed as hipster as they do in Jim Jarmusch’s beautifully framed and deliberately paced tale of two long-time lovers reuniting in Detroit — but in an incredible twist of fate script they have also never seemed so appealing. Tom HiddlestonContinue reading “Only Lovers Left Alive”

Spare Parts

Release: Friday, January 16, 2015 (limited)  [Theater] Written by: Elissa Matsueda Directed by: Sean McNamara Well-intentioned but also thoroughly cliched, Sean McNamara’s strict adherence to the inspirational Wired.com article ‘La Vida Robot’ still manages to surprise with an atypical performance from George Lopez. Lopez plays Fredi Cameron, a substitute teacher whose inexperience with the troubled Carl Hayden Community High studentContinue reading “Spare Parts”

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Release: Friday, February 20, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Josh Heald Directed by: Steve Pink I, along with six other brave souls, ended up in a theater that was playing a film titled Hot Tub Time Machine 2 because apparently the original had that kind of effect on me. I’m now doubting all kinds of things aboutContinue reading “Hot Tub Time Machine 2”

TBT: The Matrix (1999)

This entry is probably going to throw some people off, as I am indeed including it during my search for the love affairs that have impacted me most in my very limited movie-watching career. I’ll admit this one isn’t a very obvious choice. Sure, it’s a technologically-driven action/fantasy epic but to overlook the far more fundamentalContinue reading “TBT: The Matrix (1999)”

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Release: Friday, February 13, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Matthew Vaughn; Jane Goldman Directed by: Matthew Vaughn Thuffering thuccotash, itth Thamuel L. Jackthon! Again! For those bothering to thtick with me through this review, be advised that one of the most prolific black actors of all time is the height of the appeal of Kingsman: The Secret Service. It’sContinue reading “Kingsman: The Secret Service”

TBT: Titanic (1997)

Welcome boys, girls. . . . and all others, to another sappy, tear-filled romantic edition of Throwback Thursday. (I know, gross, right?) The whole idea behind today’s post is about being subtle. . . . . . as subtle as a 40-foot-tall iceberg protruding from the chilly North Atlantic water. As subtle as that sceneContinue reading “TBT: Titanic (1997)”

Two Days, One Night

Release: Friday, February 6, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne Directed by: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne It’s very difficult, if not impossible to sort through Marion Cotillard’s many impressive outings and alphabetize them in terms of brilliance. Go ahead; try it. A career like that of the 39-year-old Parisian trouper is hard to mimic for its consistencyContinue reading “Two Days, One Night”

Jupiter Ascending

Release: Friday, February 6, 2015 [Theater] Written by:  The Wachowskis Directed by: The Wachowskis As Jupiter ascended, my patience and enthusiasm did precisely the opposite, and at warp speed, too. After production delays stalled the Wachowski siblings’ follow-up to their impressive Cloud Atlas, I still held out hope that even with extensive CGI surgery the general experience would remain unaffected. IContinue reading “Jupiter Ascending”