November Blindspot: The Usual Suspects (1995)

Release: Friday, September 15, 1995 →YouTube Written by: Christopher McQuarrie Directed by: Bryan Singer Before the X-Men made Bryan Singer a household name in the early 2000s, he had already achieved what the vast majority do not by directing an Oscar winner on his second try, the 1995 neo-noir mystery The Usual Suspects. He had help of course, withContinue reading “November Blindspot: The Usual Suspects (1995)”

October Blindspot: Cujo (1983)

Release: Friday, August 12, 1983 →YouTube Written by: Don Carlos Dunaway; Lauren Currier Directed by: Lewis Teague Bad dog! Very BAD dog! When man’s best friend becomes your worst enemy, you get Cujo‘ed — trapped in your 1983 Ford Gimp-mobile, fighting for your life against a rabid St. Bernard who can smell your fear and taste the saltContinue reading “October Blindspot: Cujo (1983)”

Month in Review: September ’17

To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts and to help distance this site from the one of old, I’m installing this monthly post where I summarize the previous month’s activity in a wraparound that will hopefully give people the chance to go back and find stuff they might have missed, as well asContinue reading “Month in Review: September ’17”

July Blindspot: Swingers (1996)

Release: Friday, October 18, 1996 →YouTube Written by: Jon Favreau Directed by: Doug Liman It is all too easy to assume certain things about a movie titled Swingers. Oh, how does that expression go? The project that launched the careers of both its leads as well as the director is, yes, very much a “dude-flick” preoccupied with the pursuitContinue reading “July Blindspot: Swingers (1996)”

May Blindspot: What About Bob? (1991)

Release: Friday, May 17, 1991 [YouTube] Written by: Tom Schulman Directed by: Frank Oz Given the career Frank Oz has been able to enjoy over the span of some 40 years, a gentle comedy like What About Bob? tends to get lost in the shuffle. That’s a shame, because it’s quite funny. Wholesome in that 1990s PG-comedy kind of way;Continue reading “May Blindspot: What About Bob? (1991)”

April Blindspot: Metropolis (1927)

Release: Sunday, March 13, 1927 [Netflix] Written by: Thea von Harbou Directed by: Fritz Lang Austrian-German filmmaker Fritz Lang’s critique of capitalism and class structure in his classic silent epic Metropolis is a sight to behold, even if it is far from graceful. He imagines a dystopian city in the year 2026, a self-contained universe starkly divided between the weakContinue reading “April Blindspot: Metropolis (1927)”

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)”

February Blindspot: Alive (1993)

Release: Friday, January 15, 1993 [Netflix] Written by: John Patrick Shanley Directed by: Frank Marshall I love a good survival story and while Alive certainly fits the description of survival story it’s neither a good movie nor one that I will ever love — a would-be toe-curling drama watered down by perhaps the softest R-rating in the history of cinema.Continue reading “February Blindspot: Alive (1993)”

January Blindspot: Defiance (2009)

Release: Friday, January 16, 2009 [Netflix] Written by: Edward Zwick; Clayton Frohman Directed by: Edward Zwick Defiance at the very least satisfies a certain curiosity I had about a film that featured Daniel Craig not in a suit and tie, and as of this posting — admittedly a time-sensitive and quite frankly rushed one — I feel more inclinedContinue reading “January Blindspot: Defiance (2009)”