The Circle

Release: Friday, April 28, 2017 →Theater Written by: James Ponsoldt; Dave Eggers Directed by: James Ponsoldt  I don’t know if “knowing everything is better” but I do know that The Circle is an experience I need not have again. I wish I never even had it. A parable about the dangers of being too plugged in to the digital worldContinue reading “The Circle”

TBT: Titanic (1997)

Welcome boys, girls. . . . and all others, to another sappy, tear-filled romantic edition of Throwback Thursday. (I know, gross, right?) The whole idea behind today’s post is about being subtle. . . . . . as subtle as a 40-foot-tall iceberg protruding from the chilly North Atlantic water. As subtle as that sceneContinue reading “TBT: Titanic (1997)”

Nightcrawler

Release: Friday, October 31, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Dan Gilroy Directed by: Dan Gilroy For anyone reeling in nostalgia for the days of Donnie Darko, boy do I have some good news for you. Jake Gyllenhaal is back and at least for the moment seems untouchable once more, playing the consummate weirdo very few of us are likelyContinue reading “Nightcrawler”

TBT: Twister (1996)

So today the stars have aligned, and it being the tenth of the month both TBT and The Franco Files have merged on the same day! Given the performance I decided to highlight with July’s installment of TFF, and the fact it involves a pretty ridiculous tornado, I started thinking about movies featuring similarly whacky weather.Continue reading “TBT: Twister (1996)”

Edge of Tomorrow

Release: Friday, June 6, 2014 [Theater] Pinch me, I must be dreaming (over and over again). This cannot possibly be the summer blockbuster whose early previews seemed to indicate (perhaps warn us cynics of) the coming of merely yet another summer bust. From the outset the odds seemed stacked against this film, a sci fi romp whoseContinue reading “Edge of Tomorrow”

2 Guns

Release: Thursday, August 1, 2013 [Theater] Gleefully tongue-in-cheek, 2 Guns is a mostly-successful buddy-cop action film that delves into the heart of a Mexican drug cartel while revealing surprising truths about the clientele it conducts business with. One could sense the lack of seriousness a mile away with this film. Fortunately, though, one gets exactly whatContinue reading “2 Guns”