Month in Review: December ’19

Happy New Year from Thomas J! New year, new decade and a new slate of movies to take in and start complaining about immediately! 😀 Let’s do it! I’ve come out of 2019 tripping over my own damn shoelaces. Not only did I botch the landing when it comes to finishing off the Marvelous BrieContinue reading “Month in Review: December ’19”

Decades Blogathon — Empire of the Sun (1987)

Welcome back around to another week in ‘Decades.’ Lucky Number Seven may be entering into its final stretch these next few days, but it bears worth mentioning again — it’s been another really fun event for me and my wonderful co-host Mark of Three Rows Back. There were so many things to choose from — evidenced byContinue reading “Decades Blogathon — Empire of the Sun (1987)”

Knight of Cups

Release: Friday, March 4, 2016 (limited)  [Theater] Written by: Terrence Malick Directed by: Terrence Malick The cinematic poetry of Terrence Malick continues in his cryptic Knight of Cups, an offering that may well epitomize everything his admirers adore and everything detractors feel scorned by for not ‘getting.’ I know how pretentious that sounds but truth is I land squarelyContinue reading “Knight of Cups”

Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Because Oscar Said So (B.O.S.S. for short) is yet another first for this blog. In years past I haven’t spent much time going into detail about the major categories recognized at the Oscars ceremony, particularly the official selections as quite often I find myself at odds with the Academy’s choices. Longtime readers of the siteContinue reading “Because Oscar Said So: Best Supporting Actor Nominees”

The Big Short

Release: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Adam McKay; Charles Randolph  Directed by: Adam McKay When it was announced Adam McKay would be putting his comedic muse Will Ferrell in time out so he could make a film not only steeped in but specifically commenting on the 2008 financial crisis (and the events that precipitated it), I knewContinue reading “The Big Short”

Decades Blogathon – Batman Begins (2005)

They say all fun has to come to an end sometime. Here we are at the end of the first ever Decades Blogathon and I know Mark has said it already, but I would just like to reiterate how much fun it’s been getting to read everyone’s contributions and seeing the variety with regards notContinue reading “Decades Blogathon – Batman Begins (2005)”

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Release: Friday, December 12, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Adam Cooper; Bill Collage; Jeffrey Caine; Steven Zaillian  Directed by: Ridley Scott Often I feel that I am needlessly ambiguous with what I’m trying to say in past reviews, but here I have this concern I am going to be too overt. The great Ridley Scott — yes, the oneContinue reading “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

The 86th Academy Awards Afterparty: Will there be pizza?

Despite my fascination with film, I consistently have never really cared for the awards ceremonies as I’ve always seen them as rather trifling procedures. The night of Sunday, March 2 barely amounts to more than a shallow beauty pageant. The proceedings inside L.A.’s famed Dolby Theater are in effect an incredibly expensive circus in whichContinue reading “The 86th Academy Awards Afterparty: Will there be pizza?”

American Hustle

Release: Friday, December 20, 2013 [Theater] Catch Me If You Can‘s little brother decides to show its face in 2013, sporting a cool name, a slick, sexy visage and the necessary wardrobe/make-up department to cover up all the acne pimples and skin blemishes its suffering from as it starts to stumble awkwardly into adolescence. To thatContinue reading “American Hustle”

Out of the Furnace

Release: Friday, December 6, 2013 [Theater] Sneaking up on you quietly, toxically, like steam billowing from the chimneys that scratch and tear at a skyline of charcoal gray, this original screenplay from Scott Cooper is most likely not the product most people were expecting. It is a solemn look at the not-so-quiet life in the AppalachianContinue reading “Out of the Furnace”