Beasts of No Nation

Release: Friday, October 16, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Cary Joji Fukunaga Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga Beasts of No Nation represents another first for the mecca of online streaming media that is Netflix, becoming its first original feature-film debut, and a potent one at that. Despite voluntarily sacrificing potential business, major theater chains such as AMC, Regal and Carmike are throwing a hissy fit and refusingContinue reading “Beasts of No Nation”

Bridge of Spies

Release: Friday, October 16, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Matt Charman; Joel Coen; Ethan Coen Directed by: Steven Spielberg The Red Scare may be long since over but in Steven Spielberg’s 29th feature (!) we’re thrown right back into the thick of it as Tom Hanks is tapped to negotiate the swapping of two major (human) pawns caught in a protracted andContinue reading “Bridge of Spies”

The Walk

Release: Friday, October 9, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Robert Zemeckis; Christopher Browne Directed by: Robert Zemeckis In this episode of Remarkable Feats of Human Spectacle and/or Idiocy, Joseph Gordon Levitt balances on a one-inch thick steel cable rigged between the newly-constructed towers of the World Trade Center, looming steel giants that would go on to cast infinite shadows across Lower ManhattanContinue reading “The Walk”

JCR Factor #7

Welcome back around to a new edition of the John C. Reilly Factor — Thomas J’s latest character study. If you’re looking for more just like this, be sure to visit the Features menu up top and check out sub-menu, John C. Reilly! I’ve found another Adam McKay piece to tide you over until IContinue reading “JCR Factor #7”

Pan

Release: Friday, October 9, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Jason Fuchs Directed by: Joe Wright We’re off to Never, Neverland, but unfortunately not quite like in Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman.’ No, Joe Wright’s reboot of a Disney classic is a lot more subdued. This spirited adventure is, at best, an acoustic interpretation of that song and, come to think of it,Continue reading “Pan”

TBT: Unforgiven (1992)

Thursdays come around pretty quickly, do they not? It seems only yesterday I was babbling on excessively about Chinatown and now, here we are, forging new frontiers yet again in October. This month is shaping up to be one of the most eclectic groups of films I’ve yet had on this blog, which is kindContinue reading “TBT: Unforgiven (1992)”

Zombeavers

Release: Friday, March 20, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Jordan Rubin, Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan Directed by: Jordan Rubin Zombeavers is another one of those head-scratching concepts that happens to operate as both film title and plot synopsis. To be fair, a more in-depth plot synopsis would read something like: a bunch of horny teens — a group thatContinue reading “Zombeavers”

99 Homes

Release: Friday, September 25, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Ramin Bahrani; Amir Naderi Directed by: Ramin Bahrani I have tried several different ways of expressing my enthusiasm over this movie about the housing market collapse of 2008, but each time I have failed. For whatever reason I’m struggling to make things like home foreclosures and adjustable mortgage rates soundContinue reading “99 Homes”

Addicted to Fresno

Release: Friday, October 2, 2015 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Karey Dornetto Directed by: Jamie Babbit This review is my second contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. I’d like to thank James for giving me the chance to take a peek at this one!  In her fifth feature film Jamie Babbit fixates upon life in a Californian town where nothing seems toContinue reading “Addicted to Fresno”

TBT: Chinatown (1974)

Back for more blasts from the past? You’ve come to the right place. This Thursday we find ourselves straying into dangerous territory, going places we’ve been warned to stay away from. Parts of town that remain mysterious and off-limits for good reason. Of course, I’m not talking about your local ghetto, or the part ofContinue reading “TBT: Chinatown (1974)”