Parasite

Release: Friday, November 8, 2019 →Theater Written by: Bong Joon Ho; Jin Won Han Directed by: Bong Joon Ho I don’t know why, or how, I have never seen a Bong Joon Ho movie before now. The South Korean filmmaker is one of those major voices of world cinema that’s hard to ignore. Yet here I am, crawlingContinue reading “Parasite”

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: Now, withoutContinue reading “Month in Review: July ’19”

Wind River

Release: Friday, August 18, 2017 →Theater Written by: Taylor Sheridan Directed by: Taylor Sheridan Wind River is a haunting little crime thriller that creeps into your soul and nestles there. It’s brought to you by the writer of Sicario and last year’s Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water, which may tell you everything you need to know about thisContinue reading “Wind River”

Logan Lucky

Release: Friday, August 18, 2017 →Theater Written by: Rebecca Blunt Directed by: Steven Soderbergh Logan Lucky represents the first film from Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh in four years, since he left audiences divided with a convoluted pharma-thriller whose lingering side effects included, but were not limited to, headaches, confusion and pangs of disappointment. As if trying to courseContinue reading “Logan Lucky”

War for the Planet of the Apes

Release: Friday, July 14, 2017 →Theater Written by: Mark Bomback; Matt Reeves Directed by: Matt Reeves Maurice: “Ooo! Oo!!!!” Me: “Yeah buddy, I hate war too.” We all know how Caesar feels about it. Poor Caesar. If he had his way, we wouldn’t even be here. War for the Planet of the Apes basically details everything the alpha male, theContinue reading “War for the Planet of the Apes”

Wonder Woman

Release: Friday, June 2, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Allan Heinberg Directed by: Patty Jenkins Not even the comfort of Marvel Studios’ most luxurious pampering package can compare to the thrill of experiencing the struggling DC “extended universe” dropping an instant classic. Wonder Woman may be an event film but it’s also one of the most exciting new releases ofContinue reading “Wonder Woman”

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)”

Manchester By the Sea

Release: Friday, November 18, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Kenneth Lonergan Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan A good movie offers escapism. A better movie makes us think. But some of the best movies don’t necessarily allow us the luxury of escape. They challenge us to face the world that actually includes us, holding a mirror up to our own realities and daring usContinue reading “Manchester By the Sea”

Loving

Release: Friday, November 4, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Jeff Nichols Directed by: Jeff Nichols One of the most common red marks on my college papers was the criticism ‘Show, don’t tell.’ These notations littered my 300-level Opinion Writing assignments. I recall one particular article in which we had to discuss how a recent environmental disaster in Kingston, TennesseeContinue reading “Loving”

Moonlight

Release: Friday, October 21, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Barry Jenkins Directed by: Barry Jenkins There’s a moment late in Barry Jenkins’ new film featuring a blown-out Naomie Harris desperate for a cigarette, in the way a recovering crack-addict is desperate for a cigarette. Her violently trembling hands fail her, prompting the assistance of her son, for whom she has spent a lifetimeContinue reading “Moonlight”