Month in Review: July ’19

Well unfortunately I never did manage to come up with some kind of "celebration" post for my blog's eighth birthday -- that opportunity came and went without so much as a kazoo being tooted. Actually -- that can still happen. In fact, here's literally an entire kazoo band to make up for that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zMbsDzNT90&fbclid=IwAR1sFZYtZEzL7tQUlp65CNoN-1PncmZLyplsuCsSAZ7-FfIaCMPas1isfBc Now, … Continue reading Month in Review: July ’19

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Point Blank

Release: Friday, July 12, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Adam G. Simon Directed by: Joe Lynch Point Blank isn't a very good crime drama, but in its pairing together of some famous superheroes (third-tier Avengers, but who's counting) it surely hopes to distract you from that inconvenient fact of quality. I suppose that depends on how you define … Continue reading Point Blank

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Release: Friday, May 17, 2019 → Theater Written by: Derek Kolstad; Shay Hatten; Chris Collins; Marc Abrams Directed by: Chad Stahelski Actions have consequences, as we are quite explicitly shown (and told, too!) in the ultra-violent third installment of the brawn-over-brains John Wick franchise. Literally footsteps removed from the mayhem of 2017's Chapter 2, John … Continue reading John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Velvet Buzzsaw

Release: Friday, February 1, 2019 (Netflix)  →Netflix Written by: Dan Gilroy Directed by: Dan Gilroy Beauty is in the eye of the soon-to-be-murdered in Velvet Buzzsaw, the new film from writer/director Dan Gilroy, who made his mark back in 2014 with the sensationally gripping Nightcrawler. His third directorial feature following 2017's collaboration with Denzel Washington on Roman J. Israel, Esq., Velvet … Continue reading Velvet Buzzsaw

Serenity

Release: Friday, January 25, 2019 →Theater Written by: Steven Knight Directed by: Steven Knight This won't be an exact science, but I don't plan to see a movie worse than Serenity the rest of this year. Someone deliver me from the temptation to go on an excessive rant here. From the writer/director of the brilliantly ergonomic thriller Locke (2014) comes … Continue reading Serenity

Glass

Release: Friday, January 18, 2019 →Theater Written by: M. Night Shyamalan Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan All the pieces finally fall into place for M. Night Shyamalan and his long-gestating superhero trilogy with Glass, in part a direct sequel to 2017's psychological thriller Split as well as a belated return to the awe-inspiring identity crisis established 19 years … Continue reading Glass

Widows

Release: Friday, November 16, 2018 →Theater Written by: Gillian Flynn; Steve McQueen Directed by: Steve McQueen Steve McQueen, master of the discomforting drama, is back at it again with Widows, an uncommonly menacing heist thriller that makes room for trenchant social commentary in between fits of short-lived but significant action. Given his past films, I guess I understand … Continue reading Widows

Searching

Release: Friday, August 31, 2018 →Theater Written by: Aneesh Chaganty; Sev Ohanian Directed by: Aneesh Chaganty Searching is undoubtedly among the year's most pleasantly surprising discoveries. Featuring a unique presentation style that repurposes your local big screen as a 20-foot-tall facsimile of your own favorite personal devices, as well as a crucially sympathetic performance from star John Cho (of … Continue reading Searching

Skyscraper

Release: Friday, July 13, 2018 →Theater Written by: Rawson Marshall Thurber Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber  There's no ignoring the fact the star of Skyscraper, a veritable homage to one of cinema's greatest action reels, once donned a sacrificial lion's head as battle gear in a movie directed by Brett Ratner about the god Hercules. Earlier this summer, he … Continue reading Skyscraper