The Ice Road

Release: Sunday, June 25, 2021 (Netflix) 👀 Netflix Written by: Jonathan Hensleigh Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh Starring: Liam Neeson; Laurence Fishburne; Marcus Thomas; Amber Midthunder; Benjamin Walker   **/***** Though Liam Neeson’s latest thriller The Ice Road may be out of season for those of us in the northern hemisphere, it lies smack in the middle of a prolific runContinue reading “The Ice Road”

Pod

Release: Friday, August 28, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: Mickey Keating Directed by: Mickey Keating The tradeoff for watching a movie as pointless as Pod is it won’t be very taxing on your daily schedule. A scant hour-and-fifteen-minutes long, this half-baked story struggles to justify the full-length feature treatment and despite a few genuinely skin-crawling moments it fails to justifyContinue reading “Pod”

Clown

Release: Friday, June 17, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Jon Watts; Christopher D. Ford Directed by: Jon Watts Jon Watts’ body horror film, a production slotted directly between his much-acclaimed debut thriller Cop Car and his shot at making Spider-Man cool again (again) is simple and direct. Unfortunately Clown is so stripped down it pretty much fails to register atContinue reading “Clown”

The Do-Over

Release: Friday, May 27, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Kevin Barnett; Chris Pappas Directed by: Steven Brill I will never be duped by another Adam Sandler movie again. I will never be duped by another Adam Sandler movie again. I will never be duped by another Adam Sandler movie again. I will never be duped by another Adam SandlerContinue reading “The Do-Over”

Hellions

  Release: Friday, September 18, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Pascal Trottier Directed by: Bruce McDonald So if your ‘Netflix-and-chill’ night ever came down to a choice between sitting in total awkward silence and putting on a movie called Hellions, you’d be better off trying your luck with complete silence. Go ahead, make it as uncomfortable as possibleContinue reading “Hellions”

The Brothers Grimsby

Release: Friday, March 11, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Sacha Baron Cohen; Phil Johnston; Peter Baynham Directed by: Louis Leterrier There’s something about Sacha Baron Cohen that really makes you feel like a complete idiot. He’s become really good at that because here I went, blinded by my own boredom, to a screening where I was the only viewerContinue reading “The Brothers Grimsby”

Death in the Desert

Release: Friday, October 9, 2015 [online screener] Written by: John Steppling Directed by: Josh Evans This piece is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. I’d like to thank James for giving me the opportunity to give it a look! Death in the Desert is yet another film about the failure that is Las Vegas, notContinue reading “Death in the Desert”

Windsor Drive

Release: Friday, August 28, 2015 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: T.R. Gough Directed by: Natalie Bible’ This review happens to be my fourth contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. I’d like to thank James for giving me the chance to check this one out! While there are some momentary glimpses of inventive horror film-making, there’s little doubt the shortContinue reading “Windsor Drive”

TBT: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

As we start setting our sights on the fall season, kids also have to start setting their sights on their homework and class schedules. I don’t. (Ha!) But that just means I’m of a certain age. So, in my ‘old age’ that’s not really old age but is fun to say old age because that’sContinue reading “TBT: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)”

Southpaw

Release: Friday, July 24, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Kurt Sutter Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Like its punch-drunk protagonist Antoine Fuqua’s ode to blood sport sure can throw a powerful jab but its technique fails considerably when on defense. What does the film have to defend against, exactly? Only about three decades’ worth of boxing movie cliches. That’s if we’re usingContinue reading “Southpaw”