The Marvelous Brie Larson — #1

And here we go! Welcome to a brand new edition of Actor Profiles -- with a slight twist. Whereas my previous features focused on well-established actors, this time I am drawing attention to a star on the rise -- the marvelous Brie Larson. I suppose you could make the argument she has already arrived, having … Continue reading The Marvelous Brie Larson — #1

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Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Because Oscar Said So (B.O.S.S. for short) is yet another first for this blog. In years past I haven’t spent much time going into detail about the major categories recognized at the Oscars ceremony, particularly the official selections as quite often I find myself at odds with the Academy’s choices. Longtime readers of the site know that I like … Continue reading Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Everly

Release: Friday, February 27, 2015 [Redbox] Written by: Yale Hannon Directed by: Joe Lynch There's an unshakable sense Joe Lynch and company didn't fully appreciate the opportunity they had with Salma Hayek playing the lead in this economical, often comically violent home invasion thriller. Despite having a strong presence Hayek is relegated to the role of Donkey Kong: all she must … Continue reading Everly

The Overnight

Release: Friday, June 19, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Patrick Brice Directed by: Patrick Brice This one time, at Jason Schwartzman's house . . . No, but seriously. This is no band-camp experience; this is a movie about adults having a sleepover. Wait, that sounds even weirder. Schwartzman's Kurt is hosting. Well, he and his wife Charlotte (Judith Godrèche) are … Continue reading The Overnight

Hateship Loveship

Release: Friday, April 11, 2014 (limited) [Redbox] Written by:  Mark Jude Poirier Directed by: Liza Johnson At a certain point, restrained filmmaking can put a strain on its relationship with its audience. Liza Johnson's thoughtful but underwhelming Hateship Loveship is a film that dares to be subtle, so much so that it has trouble balancing its thematic and entertainment responsibilities. Despite the oddball title Johnson manages … Continue reading Hateship Loveship

Spare Parts

Release: Friday, January 16, 2015 (limited)  [Theater] Written by: Elissa Matsueda Directed by: Sean McNamara Well-intentioned but also thoroughly cliched, Sean McNamara's strict adherence to the inspirational Wired.com article 'La Vida Robot' still manages to surprise with an atypical performance from George Lopez. Lopez plays Fredi Cameron, a substitute teacher whose inexperience with the troubled Carl Hayden Community High student … Continue reading Spare Parts