March Blindspot: Trainspotting (1996)

Release: Friday, August 9, 1996 [YouTube] Written by: John Hodge Directed by: Danny Boyle One of the things I had presumed about Danny Boyle’s iconic drug drama Trainspotting was that it was really bleak, and it was that way from start to finish. Don’t get me wrong — this film is not happy, but I wasn’t expecting so much compassion.Continue reading “March Blindspot: Trainspotting (1996)”

Life

Release: Friday, March 24, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Rhett Reese; Paul Wernick Directed by: Daniel Espinosa I love how nihilistic Life turns out to be and the irony of it being so totally NOT life-affirming. While the characters in Daniel Espinosa’s zero-gravity-set thriller often demonstrate a lack of tact and intelligence, their incompetency only serves to underscore the arrogance of manContinue reading “Life”

I Am Not a Serial Killer

Release: Friday, August 26, 2016 [Netflix] Written by: Billy O’Brien; Christopher Hyde Directed by: Billy O’Brien It’s a bold move naming your protagonist as a riff on real-life serial killer and rapist John Wayne Gacy, but then this is a bold movie with a bold title, one based on the 2009 novel of the same name writtenContinue reading “I Am Not a Serial Killer”

The Belko Experiment

Release: Friday, March 17, 2017 [Theater] Written by: James Gunn Directed by: Greg McLean Office workers at a mysterious nonprofit organization on the outskirts of the Colombian capital of Bogotá participate, let’s call it reluctantly, in a twisted social experiment wherein they must murder a certain number of their colleagues within a certain timeframe or else everyone in the building goesContinue reading “The Belko Experiment”

Trash Fire

Release: Friday, November 4, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Richard Bates Jr. Directed by: Richard Bates Jr. Richard Bates Jr’s third film revolves around a family you’ll be glad you’re not a part of. That might be the understatement of the year. You’ve never seen family dysfunction like this, unless of course you have seen Psycho. Not that I’mContinue reading “Trash Fire”

I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.

Release: Friday, February 24, 2017 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Macon Blair Directed by: Macon Blair In his directorial debut Macon Blair shows how much he’s learned from his Qui-Gon Jinn, the one and only Jeremy Saulnier, director of Murder Party, Blue Ruin and Green Room — all of which Blair has had at least a supporting partContinue reading “I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.”

Table 19

Release: Friday, March 3, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Jay and Mark Duplass Directed by: Jeffrey Blitz This is awkward for me because Table 19, a “dramatic” comedy written by the inimitable Duplass brothers about being low-priority wedding guests seated at the least desirable table at the reception, belongs at a rejects table of its own. Awkward because I want to likeContinue reading “Table 19”

The White Helmets

Release: Friday, September 16, 2016  [Netflix] Directed by: Orlando von Einsiedel Syria is a nation currently being torn apart at the seams as a multitude of political actors continue to wrestle control of its future away from one another. The better part of the last decade has been spent in bloodshed as coalitions of rebels, extremist groupsContinue reading “The White Helmets”

Get Out

Release: Friday, February 24, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Jordan Peele Directed by: Jordan Peele Jordan Peele announces himself as a talent to keep an eye on with his surprisingly enlightening and even more entertaining directorial debut, the horror-comedy Get Out. His first try proves an early candidate for sleeper hit of the year, a film that manages to balanceContinue reading “Get Out”

Logan

Release: Friday, March 3, 2017 [Theater] Written by: James Mangold; Scott Frank; Michael Green Directed by: James Mangold Logan is a robust superhero film and probably the most violent one we have encountered since Deadpool. (Lest we forget that that movie was more than a comedy.) But even in the context of superhero films that have been slapped withContinue reading “Logan”