30-for-30: Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

Release: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 [Netflix] Directed by: Mike Tollin When Donald Trump made the ‘small potatoes’ remark it was after he had wrapped up an interview with the director for this very documentary. He was referring to his dalliance with sports team ownership, his dismissiveness hinting at days that were so far in the rearview he couldn’t even see them anymore. HeContinue reading “30-for-30: Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?”

Deepwater Horizon

Release: Friday, September 30, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Matthew Michael Carnahan; Matthew Sand Directed by: Peter Berg Peter Berg’s dramatization of the BP oil spill in April of 2010 is a decidedly solid account of human bravery but it is an incomplete picture. Curiously, a film that spends time hashing out all the gory details never manages toContinue reading “Deepwater Horizon”

The Magnificent Seven

Release: Friday, September 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Richard Wenk; Nic Pizzolatto Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Try as they might, Antoine Fuqua continues falling well short of the benchmark set by his 2001 smash hit Training Day and Chris Pratt can’t quite make this the Guardians of the Galaxy of the ole wild west. Despite bear-dressing-like-people jokes he is merely oneContinue reading “The Magnificent Seven”

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (Taxi Tehran)

Release: Friday, October 2, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: Jafar Panahi Directed by: Jafar Panahi Jafar Panahi is an Iranian filmmaker seemingly undeterred by the consequences of his actions. Those consequences have, as a matter of fact, formed the basis of some of his oeuvre, such as his acclaimed 2011 documentary This is Not a Film, wherein he captured a day inContinue reading “Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (Taxi Tehran)”

Embrace of the Serpent

Release: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Ciro Guerra; Jacques Toulemonde Vidal Directed by: Ciro Guerra This  review is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. I would like to give a shout-out to James for allowing me to talk about this unique cinematic experience.  Embrace of the Serpent (El Abrazo de La Serpiente) was Colombia’sContinue reading “Embrace of the Serpent”

Hurricane

Release: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (Vimeo) [Vimeo] Written by: Christiano Dias Directed by: Christiano Dias This short film review is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. A tip of the hat to James, who runs the show over there. Hurricane is the brand new film from Christiano Dias, an experienced short film director who has managed to fit 20Continue reading “Hurricane”

Snowden

Release: Friday, September 16, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Oliver Stone; Kieran Fitzgerald Directed by: Oliver Stone Oliver Stone tackles one of the most elusive and polarizing figures of the 21st Century in his Edward Snowden biopic, a match made in cinematic heaven given Stone’s penchant for courting controversy with the material he works with. So why doesn’t itContinue reading “Snowden”

The Disappointments Room

Release: Friday, September 9, 2016 [Theater] Written by: D.J. Caruso; Wentworth Miller Directed by: D.J. Caruso I would be more upset about the way this anti-thrilling psychological thriller turned out but I brought this upon myself. I knew what Rotten Tomatoes had said about it. I knew no one was talking about it. No one was in theContinue reading “The Disappointments Room”

High-Rise

Release: Friday, May 13, 2016 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by: Amy Jump Directed by: Ben Wheatley Chaos reigns supreme in Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, an adaptation of the 1975 novel penned by British author J.G. Ballard who envisioned a microcosm of society confined within a 40-story-tall luxury apartment building. After nearly four decades and several failed attempts at adapting material manyContinue reading “High-Rise”

Paul G — #8

Last time we were here, Paul had turned to the dark side in the animated wonder The Little Prince, playing the part of a harsh(ly shaped) Academy instructor who enjoyed scaring children into becoming workaholic machines. This month let’s turn our attention to . . . well, another role in which he’s playing a rather confrontingContinue reading “Paul G — #8”