30-for-30: I Hate Christian Laettner

Release: Sunday, March 15, 2015 [Netflix] Directed by: Rory Karpf The psychology that characterizes fandom and sports obsession isn’t complicated. Just as in movies there are the good guys you cheer for and the bad guys who you want to see fail. The good guys are the home team, who have a crowd behind them and are representativeContinue reading “30-for-30: I Hate Christian Laettner”

No Escape

Release: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 [Theater] Written by: John Erick Dowdle; Drew Dowdle Directed by: John Erick Dowdle No Escape shouldn’t work as well as it does and yet, strong performances from an unlikely cast make for a taut thriller that plays to the tune of Taken, becoming an often absurd yet emotionally resonant tale of survival. Owen WilsonContinue reading “No Escape”

TBT: Fargo (1996)

Get the heck out of here, August. Take all your bad vibes with you. Not that this month has been a particularly bad one for watching movies, new and old alike. But, sheesh, would you just please get out of the way so the fall season can begin? And I’m looking forward to more thanContinue reading “TBT: Fargo (1996)”

Straight Outta Compton

Release: Friday, August 14, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Jonathan Herman; Andrea Berloff Directed by: F. Gary Gray F. Gary Gray’s first directorial outing in six years debuted last weekend to the most successful opening for a musical biopic in cinematic history. Ignoring the 20 years that have elapsed since the tragic passing of N.W.A founder Eazy-E the occasion mightContinue reading “Straight Outta Compton”

TBT: Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)

In my third week of rummaging through the DVD shelves, I stumbled upon a little oldie that likely no one has ever heard of. And by ‘no one’ I mean quite literally the opposite. In fact if this is the first you’ve read about this film, don’t let the cold shoulder surprise you. 😉 Now,Continue reading “TBT: Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)”

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Release: Friday, August 14, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Guy Ritchie; Lionel Wigram Directed by: Guy Ritchie In The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the stylish new action comedy from Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavill looks short compared to Armie Hammer. So I had to go look up the listed height of his less debonair co-star. Hammer stands a towering 6’5″. .Continue reading “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

JCR Factor #5

For some reason, August is already here. You know what that means? Time for a new edition of the John C. Reilly Factor — Thomas J’s latest character study. To find more related material, visit the Features menu up top and search the sub-menu Actor Profiles. As reliable as the man always seems to be, oneContinue reading “JCR Factor #5”

TBT: American Beauty (1999)

Unlike last week’s discovery, sometimes putting off a movie you’ve been aware of for many years is a strategy that pays dividends. Of course today we’re going to be looking at a movie that is so radically different that comparisons need not be made. I suppose the point of all this incessant rambling is for me toContinue reading “TBT: American Beauty (1999)”

Comet

Release: Friday, December 5, 2014 [Netflix] Written by: Sam Esmail Directed by: Sam Esmail Comet can pretend it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event but the stars shone so much brighter in the universes it has been melded by, spectacular constructs like the intricate and heartrending Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and 500 Days of Summer. Bearing the heartbreakContinue reading “Comet”

The Gift

Release: Friday, August 7, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Joel Edgerton Directed by: Joel Edgerton The Gift is a kind of addictive drug. The more of it you consume the more of it you want. Considering this is the first time Australian actor Joel Edgerton has been in full control of a project, that may seem hyperbolic. However, the logic follows.Continue reading “The Gift”