The 88th Academy Awards: What did we learn, anything?

Like an M. Night Shyamalan plot twist Chris Rock did in fact show up to host the 88th Academy Awards, and the event did go off without a hitch — no crazed protestor drove their car into the Dolby Theater anyway. This night wasn’t at all Billy Crystal-y; this was definitely more Degeneres-ish with Rock shouting loudlyContinue reading “The 88th Academy Awards: What did we learn, anything?”

Race

Release: Friday, February 19, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Joe Shrapnel; Anna Waterhouse Directed by: Stephen Hopkins No sports film is strictly a celebration of athleticism. Tethered to that name or group of names is the burden of understanding, not of themselves — the athlete knows specifically what he or she is — but rather that their actions represent aContinue reading “Race”

About Elly

Release: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Asghar Farhadi; Azad Jafarian Directed by: Asghar Farhadi This film originally debuted in Iran in 2009 but American markets did not get it until last year, hence the film qualifies as a ‘recent’ release on this site. Asghar Farhadi is an extraordinarily perceptive filmmaker with a profound ability to distill the ‘ordinariness’Continue reading “About Elly”

Paul G — #1

The spotlight turns to another actor I consider quite the chameleon. It’s Paul Giamatti, of course, a guy who could do pretty much anything. Hand him some oranges and he’d make some delicious apple juice out of it. The 48-year-old New Haven, Connecticut native has contributed his talents to an impressive range of films ofContinue reading “Paul G — #1”

The Witch

Release: Friday, February 19, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Robert Eggers Directed by: Robert Eggers In Robert Eggers’ feature film debut a certain amount of faith is required. Faith in a relatively unfamiliar cast, in the Colonial-period pressure cooker a young writer-director throws us into; faith that something terrible is going to come of all of this. Much of that faithContinue reading “The Witch”

Turbo Kid

Release: Friday, August 28, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: François Simard; Anouk Whissell; Yoann-Karl Whissell Directed by: François Simard; Anouk Whissell; Yoann-Karl Whissell Nostalgia will wash over ’80s kids in waves in this hugely enjoyable and hyper-violent action-comedy that takes place post-apocalypse and on a brilliantly reimagined scorch of land that resembles more an alien world than ourContinue reading “Turbo Kid”

Death in the Desert

Release: Friday, October 9, 2015 [online screener] Written by: John Steppling Directed by: Josh Evans This piece is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. I’d like to thank James for giving me the opportunity to give it a look! Death in the Desert is yet another film about the failure that is Las Vegas, notContinue reading “Death in the Desert”

Deadpool

Release: Friday, February 12, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Rhett Reese; Paul Wernick Directed by: Tim Miller I hope someone is going to pay for it, because that fourth wall is destroyed. And I know Ryan Reynolds ain’t gonna put up the money, even if he is about to make millions upon millions with this future franchise. STOP! READERS!Continue reading “Deadpool”

Hail, Caesar!

Release: Friday, February 5, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen Directed by: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen There’s a new Coen brothers film out in theaters and it is called Hail, Caesar! It chiefly depicts a day in the life of a 1950s Hollywood fixer, a man charged with ensuring that studio productions stay on track andContinue reading “Hail, Caesar!”

Genre Grandeur – World of Tomorrow (2015) – Digital Shortbread

Originally posted on MovieRob:
  For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Sci-Fi, here’s a review of World of Tomorrow (2015) by Tom of Digital Shortbread Thanks again to Natasha of Life of This City Girl for choosing this month’s genre. Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Dan of Slipthrough Movies We will…