30-for-30: Angry Sky

Release: Thursday, July 30, 2015 [Netflix] Directed by: Jeff Tremaine Tom Petty wrote a song once called “Learning to Fly.” One lyric in particular stands out: ‘Coming down is the hardest thing.’ The song’s harmless of course, but that part of the chorus seems hauntingly apt for the experiences of one Nick Piantanida, amateur parachute jumper andContinue reading “30-for-30: Angry Sky”

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 inContinue 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 likeContinue 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’veContinue 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 affableContinue reading “People Places Things”

World of Tomorrow

Release: March 31, 2015 (Vimeo) [Netflix] Written by: Don Hertzfeldt Directed by: Don Hertzfeldt In memory of 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,Continue reading “World of Tomorrow”

Deborah Karen Little – a Tribute to my mother

I’m looking out my bedroom window right now and watching as the world is slowly consumed by white. Winter storm Jonas has gripped the eastern coast and particularly the north eastern states since late last night. I’m watching the bench in the front yard slowly drowning in snowdrift. The entire front yard looks like aContinue reading “Deborah Karen Little – a Tribute to my mother”

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 siteContinue reading “Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actor Nominees”

Ride Along 2

Release: Friday, January 15, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Phil Hay; Matt Manfredi Directed by: Tim Story Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are black in action in Ride Along 2, the sequel that very few people asked for but ended up getting anyway. The fact that Tim Story (the guy behind the Fantastic Four movies — no, not the re-Continue reading “Ride Along 2”

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 enormouslyContinue reading “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”