First Man

Release: Friday, October 12, 2018 →IMAX Written by: Josh Singer Directed by: Damien Chazelle While First Man is only a small step into a different genre for director Damien Chazelle, the way he tells the story of the Moon landing may well represent a giant leap for fans of his previous, more emotionally-driven work. The historical reenactment is unchartedContinue reading “First Man”

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”

Janis: Little Girl Blue

Release: Friday, November 27, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Amy J. Berg Directed by: Amy J. Berg Janis: Little Girl Blue isn’t the whole puzzle but it offers up a lot of significant pieces in its exploration of the life of iconic blues rocker Janis Joplin. The account offers a celebration of a life cut tragically short,Continue reading “Janis: Little Girl Blue”

Decades Blogathon – The Battle Of Algiers (1966)

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Welcome to another day of the event of the year: the Decades Blogathon – 6 edition – hosted by myself and Tom from Digital Shortbread! The blogathon focuses on movies that were released in the sixth year of the decade. Tom and I are running a different entry each…

Decades Blogathon — Andrei Rublev (1966)

  Greetings one and all! I hope you’ve been enjoying the 2016 edition of the Decades Blogathon thus far. I know I certainly have. Just a little note to our contributors who are yet to be featured: me and Mark have decided that, given the considerable drop-off in viewership over the weekend, we shall suspendContinue reading “Decades Blogathon — Andrei Rublev (1966)”

Decades Blogathon – Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

  Happy Wednesday everyone. We move forward with day three in the Decades Blogathon, where me and Mark have been running posts from various bloggers interested in talking about films from decades past. Once again, there’ll be a new review posted each day, one here and one at the incomparable Three Rows Back. Today we’veContinue reading “Decades Blogathon – Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)”

30-for-30: Angry Sky

Release: Thursday, July 30, 2015 [Netflix] Directed by: Jeff Tremaine Tom Petty wrote a song once called “Learning to Fly.” One lyric in particular stands out: ‘Coming down is the hardest thing.’ The song’s harmless of course, but that part of the chorus seems hauntingly apt for the experiences of one Nick Piantanida, amateur parachute jumper andContinue reading “30-for-30: Angry Sky”

TBT: The Graduate (1967)

For the second pick of November ’15 we’re going back to what has been referred to me time and again as a classic. A coming-of-ager to end all coming-of-age films. It’s Dustin Hoffman’s second big screen appearance, one that officially opened up the doors to a promising and diverse career, one that I am ashamedContinue reading “TBT: The Graduate (1967)”

TBT: From Russia with Love (1964)

Yes, the 2014 FIFA World Cup is going on. This much is true. Somewhere out there amongst the trees and suffocating humidity of Brazil some folks are kicking funny-colored balls around and trying to get them into little rectangular nets at opposing ends of a long, intensely well-groomed patch of grass. No, I like the sport of feet-ball,Continue reading “TBT: From Russia with Love (1964)”

Inside Llewyn Davis

Release: Friday, December 6, 2013 [Theater] “A folk singer with a cat. Is that part of your act? Every time you hit a C-major, does he puke a hairball?” For whatever it’s worth, this line delivered by John Goodman’s character was intended to hurt Llewyn Davis’ feelings, not the cat’s. I suppose if the poor felineContinue reading “Inside Llewyn Davis”