The Shallows

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Anthony Jaswinski Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra  Blake Lively vs. Huge Shark: The Movie is a pretty sweet little thriller, a self-contained enterprise that seeks to unnerve rather than terrify by tapping into human’s innate fear of deepwater-dwelling beasts like great whites (not to mention horrifyingly large jellyfish). Jaume Collet-Serra’s tropical-set horror/thrillerContinue reading “The Shallows”

The Road Within

Release: Friday, April 17, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Gren Wells Directed by: Gren Wells The Road Within is far from a realistic take on how mental illness affects one’s ability to socially interact but I’d be lying if I said it isn’t incredibly uplifting and heartwarming. Gren Wells has created a wonderful pick-me-up and that’s all youContinue reading “The Road Within”

Love & Mercy

Release: Friday, June 5, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Oren Moverman; Michael Alan Lerner Directed by: Bill Pohlad Capturing the life of one of rock’n roll’s most luminous figures in The Beach Boys’ very own Brian Wilson poses obvious challenges. Painting broad strokes risks missing all those curious little imperfections, while delving into a day-in-the-life could yield a movie soContinue reading “Love & Mercy”

Inherent Vice

Release: January 9, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by:  Paul Thomas Anderson Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson The Andersonian school of thought is that one ought to at least work a little for their entertainment. A movie featuring a bunch of booze, bongs and babes doesn’t seem like it would be hard to follow along with, but if youContinue reading “Inherent Vice”

TBT: 50 First Dates (2004)

Tragically, yet another Drew Sandler-Adam Barrymore film is debuting this coming weekend — I don’t know, something called Blended, and to help celebrate this simply FABULOUS event. . . . (he says, with the entire jar of sarcasm spilled out all over the table). . . I am throwing it back to 2004, to aContinue reading “TBT: 50 First Dates (2004)”

The Franco Files — #3

Welcome to April, and the third edition of The Franco Files! We again continue exploring the different ways in which one actor has an impact on the overall film. There have only been two editions thus far, but I think I’ve already highlighted some pretty diverse roles from this, the former heart throb of Freaks &Continue reading “The Franco Files — #3”

TBT: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

I love the TBT of this week. Few contemporary flicks seem to really be able to pull off the right amount of raunchiness and sentimentality. Most end up being too much of one or the other, which isn’t to dismiss them as ‘bad’ films, per se, but it just seems a large number of filmsContinue reading “TBT: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)”