January Blindspot: Defiance (2009)

Release: Friday, January 16, 2009 [Netflix] Written by: Edward Zwick; Clayton Frohman Directed by: Edward Zwick Defiance at the very least satisfies a certain curiosity I had about a film that featured Daniel Craig not in a suit and tie, and as of this posting — admittedly a time-sensitive and quite frankly rushed one — I feel more inclinedContinue reading “January Blindspot: Defiance (2009)”

Split

Release: Friday, January 20, 2017 [Theater] Written by: M. Night Shyamalan Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan THIS REVIEW INCLUDES A MAJOR SPOILER You just have to admire the child inside that M. Night Shyamalan has refused to abandon. His passion hasn’t always translated into quality entertainment but “going through the motions” isn’t a complaint you can lodge against theContinue reading “Split”

#OscarsSoPredictable

On Sunday, February 26, the spectacularly cavernous enclave that is the Dolby Theatre plays host to yet another parade of pretty people in expensive garb and jewelry, boasting all sorts of hair-do’s (and don’ts), sharing a laugh over that one time they embarrassed themselves in front of their director — generally doing things to humanizeContinue reading “#OscarsSoPredictable”

Patriots Day

Release: Friday, January 13, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Peter Berg; Matt Cook; Joshua Zetumer  Directed by: Peter Berg The latest in Peter Berg’s identikit tributes to American heroes deals with the events and aftermath of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that resulted in three deaths and the injury of at least 280 others when two separate explosionsContinue reading “Patriots Day”

Wiener-Dog

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Todd Solondz Directed by: Todd Solondz This review is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. Please feel free to leave a comment here or on the original article. Thanks as always for featuring me, James!  Wiener-Dog is a tough film to like. You certainly can’t, or maybeContinue reading “Wiener-Dog”

Lost in London (Live)

Release: Thursday, January 19, 2017 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Woody Harrelson Directed by: Woody Harrelson Has Woody Harrelson just reinvented the wheel? Or just lost his mind? One thing is for certain: he has taken risk and vulnerability to an entirely new level with his decision to direct, write, and star in the first-ever full-length feature film toContinue reading “Lost in London (Live)”

Live By Night

Release: Friday, January 13, 2017 [Netflix] Written by: Ben Affleck Directed by: Ben Affleck Even when Ben Affleck is off his game he still makes more thoughtful, involving pictures than many others who give it their all. Live By Night isn’t an example of Affleck giving it his all, but because the writer/director just does not know how to make somethingContinue reading “Live By Night”

Silence

Release: Friday, January 13, 2017  [Theater] Written by: Jay Cocks; Martin Scorsese Directed by: Martin Scorsese Marty’s new film is so tonally different from what he last put out it made me feel like I was atoning for all those good times I had with Jordan Belfort and company in his Wall Street-based bacchanalian. Silence is such a brutal watch IContinue reading “Silence”

Welcome to Thomas J!

Hello everyone.  I thought I would tip my readers off to something subtle going on here. My blog is changing. I’m finally re-branding. I know, I know. It’s been Digital Shortbread for over half a decade now. Risk much? Yes. Yes it is. Work much? Yes, yes it also is. Worthwhile? I’ll leave that oneContinue reading “Welcome to Thomas J!”

Blindspot 2017

Peer pressure strikes again, people. I’m doing a Blindspot list this year. That’s right. Twelve films, one reviewed per month. I’ve seen so many fascinating lists over the past several years and finally I think I’m ready to tackle one of my own. It’s an inspired idea, and someone should get a sticker or somethingContinue reading “Blindspot 2017”