The Tomorrow War

Release: Friday, July 2, 2021 (Amazon Prime) 👀 Amazon Prime Written by: Zach Dean Directed by: Chris McKay Starring: Chris Pratt; Sam Richardson; Yvonne Strahovski; Betty Gilpin; J.K. Simmons; Edwin Hodge ***/***** The creatures at the center of Chris McKay’s fast-moving and action-packed sci-fi blockbuster are microcosmic of the overall experience of The Tomorrow War. You can’t take yourContinue reading “The Tomorrow War”

Free Guy

Release: Friday, August 13, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Matt Lieberman; Zak Penn Directed by: Shawn Levy Starring: Ryan Reynolds; Taika Waititi; Joe Keery; Jodi Comer; Lil Rel Howery   ***/***** Following more the logic of the heart than the brain, Free Guy is a whacky but entertaining circus of big visual effects, videogame Easter eggs, and shameless (more likeContinue reading “Free Guy”

Black Widow

Release: Friday, July 9, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Eric Pearson Directed by: Cate Shortland Starring: Scarlett Johansson; Florence Pugh; David Harbour; Rachel Weisz     ***/***** Timing is everything. This applies, painfully so, to Black Widow, a film that feels compromised in a way few Marvel movies have. In her first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Machine director CateContinue reading “Black Widow”

The Scarlett Johansson Project — #7

I could not wait to get to this one. This is actually the one performance that made me officially choose Scarlett Johansson this year over my other choice. Casting my mind all the way back to 2014, I remember walking out of the theater a total wreck. For anyone who has ever had an ex,Continue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #7”

The Scarlett Johansson Project — #6

In perhaps one of the more extreme examples of not knowing what you have until it’s gone, this month’s installment takes a look at a movie that begins with the absence of humanity and works backward, discovering in the process the aches and pains and consequences of being alive. More specifically, being human. Unfolding as oneContinue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #6”

Terminator: Dark Fate

Release: Friday, November 1, 2019 →On Demand  Written by: David Goyer; Justin Rhodes; Billy Ray Directed by: Tim Miller Terminator: Dark Fate is the best installment in the series since Judgment Day and it’s not even close. That said, having never been a die-hard I have gotten along pretty well with most* of the sequels, even the mind-bendingly-complex-and-not-in-a-good-way Terminator Genisys,Continue reading “Terminator: Dark Fate”

The Platform (El Hoyo)

Release: Friday, March 20, 2020  →Netflix Written by: David Desola; Pedro Rivero Directed by: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia In any other year the Spanish-produced, dystopian horror/thriller The Platform would still be an interesting albeit nauseating allegory for the dog-eat-dog world in which we live. Now, in the era of a global pandemic, with priorities shifted and critical resources running inContinue reading “The Platform (El Hoyo)”

Top That! My Ten Favorite Films of 2019

It’s Oscar weekend, so I figured now is as good a time as any to announce my ten favorite movies of 2019. There’s not a whole lot of science that goes into my process; it’s mostly gut feeling that determines what goes into this list and how I’m arranging it. The emotional response is theContinue reading “Top That! My Ten Favorite Films of 2019”

In the Shadow of the Moon

Release: Friday, September 27, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Gregory Weidman; Geoffrey Tock  Directed by: Jim Mickle I’ll admit that what drew me to the recently released Netflix original In the Shadow of the Moon was not Boyd Holbrook, even though he’s, uh . . . he’s the main dude in it. In this era of super-important andContinue reading “In the Shadow of the Moon”

Month in Review: September ’19

I don’t really know what happened, but in September I found a bit more rhythm and motivation to put up content. Maybe I was starting to feel guilty calling myself a “blogger” by putting up nothing but empty wrap-around posts and the occasional streamed review (see August — that was dire!). I have been oneContinue reading “Month in Review: September ’19”