30-for-30: Fantastic Lies

Release: Sunday, March 13, 2016 [Netflix] Directed by: Marina Zenovich Marina Zenovich’s Fantastic Lies establishes one simple truth that cannot be disputed no matter what your feelings are towards Duke University and the air of superiority it cultivates. The scandal that rocked the Durham-based university in March of 2006 and the manner in which it was handledContinue reading “30-for-30: Fantastic Lies”

Allied

Release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Steven Knight Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Brad Pitt finds a new ally in Marion Cotillard in his post-Angelina Jolie world. Sad face. Actually, those were just rumors. And this isn’t a gossip column. On the other hand, the two are pretty convincing playing a pair of lovestruck assassins whose loyalty to one anotherContinue reading “Allied”

Sing Street

Release: Friday, April 15, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: John Carney Directed by: John Carney John Carney returns to the emerald-green shores of his native Ireland for his latest quasi-musical/romantic comedy Sing Street, his third such feature after 2007’s Once and 2014’s Begin Again. Though it possesses many of the traits that made his higher-profile, New York-set dramedy anContinue reading “Sing Street”

Bleed for This

Release: Friday, November 18, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Ben Younger; Angelo Pizzo; Pippa Bianco Directed by: Ben Younger Bleed for This is an intense title for an underwhelming boxing movie. Its hyperbolic nature suggests a scream-o/punk-rock band’s new single when really it’s meant to describe the mentality of one Vinny Pazienza, a boxer from Providence, Rhode Island who returned to the ring afterContinue reading “Bleed for This”

Paul G — #10

Last time we were here, Paul was drawing comics — dark and sort of depressing ones, but successful ones nonetheless. He was portraying Harvey Pekar, author of the underground comic series ‘American Splendor,’ autobiographical accounts of an ordinary and, yes, depressing life. (Hey, he was from Cleveland.) But now the plot thickens as we turnContinue reading “Paul G — #10”

Arrival

Release: Friday, November 11, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Eric Heisserer Directed by: Denis Villeneuve I’m just going to say it: Arrival is magnificent. It’s also: 1) another grand gesture from the visionary Québécois Denis Villeneuve that’s both sophisticated and stylish; 2) a film that really “makes you think;” 3) the antidote to the last several days in which the world hasContinue reading “Arrival”

Hacksaw Ridge

Release: Friday, November 4, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Andrew Knight; Robert Schenkkan Directed by: Mel Gibson Unlike the hero at the heart of Mel Gibson’s first directorial effort in a decade I went into battle fully protected by a weapon: my overactive imagination. Turns out, psychological preparation is kind of necessary as you enter the gauntlet of Hacksaw Ridge‘sContinue reading “Hacksaw Ridge”

The Darkest Universe

Release: Friday, November 4, 2016 [Vimeo] Written by: Tiani Ghosh; Will Sharpe Directed by: Tom Kingsley; Will Sharpe The below piece is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings, a site run by James Walpole that you really need to check out if you haven’t already. I’d like to give a shout out to James forContinue reading “The Darkest Universe”

Cemetery of Splendor

Release: Friday, March 4, 2016 (limited)  [Vimeo] Written by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul  Directed by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul My  first review of a Thai film is brought to you courtesy of Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. James is the guy running the show over there and he graciously made this incredibly unique and moving film available to me. Please check out hisContinue reading “Cemetery of Splendor”

Inferno

Release: Friday, October 28, 2016 [Theater] Written by: David Koepp Directed by: Ron Howard Ron Howard is a fairly prolific filmmaker, having maintained a schedule of roughly a film every two years throughout a 40-plus-year long directorial career. He’s not quite Woody Allen but his oeuvre is extensive enough to suggest the guy just likes staying busy, and it certainlyContinue reading “Inferno”