Room

Release: Friday, October 16, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Emma Donoghue Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson How does one begin to describe a film like Room? Do I write a poem? Do I send Lenny Abrahamson a letter saying 'thanks?' Do I wax lyrical about the emotional highs and lows only a film about a mother and son being isolated in … Continue reading Room

Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Because Oscar Said So (B.O.S.S. for short) is yet another first for this blog. In years past I haven’t spent much time going into detail about the major categories recognized at the Oscars ceremony, particularly the official selections as quite often I find myself at odds with the Academy’s choices. Longtime readers of the site know that I like … Continue reading Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Bound to Vengeance

Release: Friday, June 26, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Rock Shaink Jr.; Keith Kjornes Directed by: José Manuel Cravioto Bound to Vengeance is bound to suffer a short life of critical derision and audience dissatisfaction before falling completely into obscurity, and that's kind of a shame. It's never easy watching a film squander its potential and so quickly. You've … Continue reading Bound to Vengeance

People Places Things

Release: Friday, August 15, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: James C. Strouse Directed by: James C. Strouse Bittersweet comedy features Jemaine Clement calibrating his typical absurdist humor to bring warmth and tenderness to a story that both pleases and frustrates in almost equal measure. People Places Things won't be the next career-defining gig for the Kiwi but it's such an affable … Continue reading People Places Things

World of Tomorrow

Release: March 31, 2015 (Vimeo) [Netflix] Written by: Don Hertzfeldt Directed by: Don Hertzfeldt Dedicated to my mother. Profundity runs rampant in Don Hertzfeldt's latest short film, World of Tomorrow. While a departure from his painstakingly hand-drawn catalog, the science behind the science fiction is remarkable in ways that only Hertzfeldt can be remarkable. That is to say, the … Continue reading World of Tomorrow

Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Because Oscar Said So (B.O.S.S. for short) is yet another first for this blog. In years past I haven't spent much time going into detail about the major categories recognized at the Oscars ceremony, particularly the official selections as quite often I find myself at odds with the Academy's choices. Longtime readers of the site … Continue reading Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actor Nominees

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Release: Friday, January 15, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Chuck Hogan Directed by: Michael Bay Michael Bay visits the Middle East in only his second non-Transformers extravaganza in nearly a decade. Following in the footsteps of Clint Eastwood (American Sniper) and Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), Bay seems to have had an epiphany of his very own: I too can profit enormously … Continue reading 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi