The Neon Demon

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016  [Theater] Written by: Nicolas Winding Refn; Mary Laws; Polly Stenham Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn Elephant in the room: there are more lines of dialogue in Nicolas Winding Refn's new film than there were in his last. That wasn't enough to stop The Neon Demon from scoring Refn his second-straight booing at the Cannes … Continue reading The Neon Demon

Central Intelligence

Release: Friday, June 17, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Rawson Marshall Thurber; David Stassen; Ike Barinholtz Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber I guess it's pretty difficult making an action-comedy work. Just because A Big Johnson and A Little Hart can save the world doesn't mean they can save this movie from becoming a centrally unintelligent, uninspired, unfunny mess. Prior to … Continue reading Central Intelligence

New Cops

Release: Monday, February 15, 2016 (online) [YouTube] Directed by: Timothy Morton Timothy Morton's New Cops has a cozy home-made feel to it and while the low overhead is certainly noticeable it doesn't stop us from having a little bit of fun with these guys. Morton's latest, a project six years in the making, premiered on February 15 on NoBudge.com, … Continue reading New Cops

Baskin

Release: Friday, March 25, 2016 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Can Evrenol; Ogulcan Eren Akay; Cem Ozuduru; Ercin Sadikoglu Directed by: Can Evrenol This review is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings. It's another underground foreign film that I have heard few, but interesting, things about and I'd like to thank James for the opportunity to … Continue reading Baskin

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Release: Friday, June 3, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Akiva Schaffer; Jorma Taccone; Andy Samberg Directed by: Akiva Schaffer; Jorma Taccone  Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping represents the strongest extended skit Andy Samberg has developed since his SNL days. Despite the contrived manner in which conflict is resolved, Popstar stays fresh, rarely succumbing to its own silliness as it takes aim at the … Continue reading Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Paul G — #5

Last time we were here, Paul was rocking a sweet silver hairdo, the trademark of famed music producer Jerry Heller whom he portrayed in his second collaboration with director F. Gary Gray. Let's actually take a look at his first experience working with him in the excellent crime/hostage thriller The Negotiator, where Paul takes on … Continue reading Paul G — #5

The Conjuring 2

Release: Friday, June 10, 2016 [Theater] Written by: James Wan; Carey Hayes; Chad Hayes; David Leslie Johnson Directed by: James Wan The horror event of the year has arrived and no one is safe. Not the Warrens from nightmarish visions; not the British family whose home turns into a petri dish for malevolent spirits; not James Wan from criticism. … Continue reading The Conjuring 2