Earthquake Bird

Release: Friday, November 15, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Wash Westmoreland  Directed by: Wash Westmoreland  I spun the Netflix wheel on a Saturday night and landed on this thing called Earthquake Bird. Turns out, it was the caliber movie that rewards in kind the minimal effort I put in to finding it. This slow-burn of a psychosexual thrillerContinue reading “Earthquake Bird”

Stan & Ollie

Release: Friday, December 28, 2018 (limited) →Theater Written by: Jeff Pope Directed by: Jon S. Baird Unlike the lengthy run the real-life subjects enjoyed in their careers, director Jon S. Baird’s passion project Stan & Ollie seems over before it has even begun. This isn’t me knocking the film for being slight, but because I enjoyed each precious minute likeContinue reading “Stan & Ollie”

The Mule

Release: Friday, December 14, 2018 →Theater Written by: Sam Dolnick; Nick Schenk Directed by: Clint Eastwood The Mule marks the 37th time Clint Eastwood has directed a movie. Remember that the next time you go out for Trivia Night. From The Eiger Sanction (1975) to his Best Picture-winning western Unforgiven (1992); Mystic River (2003) to Gran Torino (2008), the man hasContinue reading “The Mule”

Stronger

Release: Friday, September 29, 2017 →Theater Written by: John Pollono Directed by: David Gordon Green David Gordon Green’s tribute to one of the survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing is a cathartic experience. Though it treats its subject with respect and dignity, the film holds nothing back in its depiction of a life suddenly and violentlyContinue reading “Stronger”

30-for-30: No Más

Release: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 [Netflix] Directed by: Eric Drath Spectators historically aren’t accustomed to seeing a professional boxer not finish what they started — at least, not voluntarily. When Roberto Durán, the man with two of the most devastating fists in all of boxing, waved his gloves at his opponent in the 8th round of a 15-round bout signifyingContinue reading “30-for-30: No Más”

Fences

Release: Christmas Day 2016 [Theater]  Written by: August Wilson Directed by: Denzel Washington In 1987 American playwright August Wilson won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his 1950s Pittsburgh-set drama Fences. It employed James Earl Jones as a surly 53-year-old garbage man who led the audience down a dark path littered with heartbreaking revelations about the black experienceContinue reading “Fences”

30-for-30: Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

Release: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 [Netflix] Directed by: Mike Tollin When Donald Trump made the ‘small potatoes’ remark it was after he had wrapped up an interview with the director for this very documentary. He was referring to his dalliance with sports team ownership, his dismissiveness hinting at days that were so far in the rearview he couldn’t even see them anymore. HeContinue reading “30-for-30: Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?”

Deepwater Horizon

Release: Friday, September 30, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Matthew Michael Carnahan; Matthew Sand Directed by: Peter Berg Peter Berg’s dramatization of the BP oil spill in April of 2010 is a decidedly solid account of human bravery but it is an incomplete picture. Curiously, a film that spends time hashing out all the gory details never manages toContinue reading “Deepwater Horizon”

Hurricane

Release: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (Vimeo) [Vimeo] Written by: Christiano Dias Directed by: Christiano Dias This short film review is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. A tip of the hat to James, who runs the show over there. Hurricane is the brand new film from Christiano Dias, an experienced short film director who has managed to fit 20Continue reading “Hurricane”

Snowden

Release: Friday, September 16, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Oliver Stone; Kieran Fitzgerald Directed by: Oliver Stone Oliver Stone tackles one of the most elusive and polarizing figures of the 21st Century in his Edward Snowden biopic, a match made in cinematic heaven given Stone’s penchant for courting controversy with the material he works with. So why doesn’t itContinue reading “Snowden”