#OscarsSoPredictable

On Sunday, February 26, the spectacularly cavernous enclave that is the Dolby Theatre plays host to yet another parade of pretty people in expensive garb and jewelry, boasting all sorts of hair-do's (and don'ts), sharing a laugh over that one time they embarrassed themselves in front of their director -- generally doing things to humanize … Continue reading #OscarsSoPredictable

Embrace of the Serpent

Release: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Ciro Guerra; Jacques Toulemonde Vidal Directed by: Ciro Guerra This  review is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings. I would like to give a shout-out to James for allowing me to talk about this unique cinematic experience.  Embrace of the Serpent (El Abrazo de La Serpiente) was Colombia's … Continue reading Embrace of the Serpent

The Light Between Oceans

Release: Friday, September 2, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Derek Cianfrance Directed by: Derek Cianfrance Derek Cianfrance has emerged once again with another sweeping, emotional epic, this time The Light Between Oceans, an adaptation of the 2012 international bestseller by M.L. Stedman. Maybe you saw The Place Beyond the Pines, Cianfrance's previous effort. From an ambitious meditation on how one man's actions can have … Continue reading The Light Between Oceans

Nerve

Release: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jessica Sharzer Directed by: Henry Joost; Ariel Shulman If you accept the dare to watch Nerve, understand a few conditions first: 1) this is a teen-centric, sexed-up adventure thriller set in the Twitter Age, thereby you are volunteering up brain cells you're never going to use again; 2) James Franco's not … Continue reading Nerve

The Invitation

Release: Friday, April 8, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Phil Hay; Matt Manfredi Directed by: Karyn Kusama Dinner parties tend to get awkward when guests start dropping dead. Karyn Kusama (Jennifer's Body; Aeon Flux) invites you inside the strange goings-on of what was supposed to be a casual get-together among longtime friends, friends reuniting after a traumatic event. Paranoia … Continue reading The Invitation

Star Trek: Beyond

Release: Friday, July 22, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Simon Pegg; Doug Jung Directed by: Justin Lin If this is the movie in which we go where no man has gone before, why does it feel like we've been here already? Star Trek: Beyond, a beautifully crafted feel-good blockbuster, the third such film in a post-modern interpretation of the world's second most popular … Continue reading Star Trek: Beyond

The BFG

Release: Friday, July 1, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Melissa Mathison Directed by: Steven Spielberg Great Gallywampers and fiddly tweezlesticks, I is very pleased indeed that Steven Spielberg has delivered the goodles in his very first venture into Roald Dahl's brilliant imagurnation. The BFG is breathtaker beautiful, and not just thanks to its scrumptioutious imagery, neither. It recalls the warminess and … Continue reading The BFG

The Neon Demon

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016  [Theater] Written by: Nicolas Winding Refn; Mary Laws; Polly Stenham Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn Elephant in the room: there are more lines of dialogue in Nicolas Winding Refn's new film than there were in his last. That wasn't enough to stop The Neon Demon from scoring Refn his second-straight booing at the Cannes … Continue reading The Neon Demon

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 squarely … Continue reading Knight of Cups

The 88th Academy Awards: What did we learn, anything?

Like an M. Night Shyamalan plot twist Chris Rock did in fact show up to host the 88th Academy Awards, and the event did go off without a hitch -- no crazed protestor drove their car into the Dolby Theater anyway. This night wasn't at all Billy Crystal-y; this was definitely more Degeneres-ish with Rock shouting loudly … Continue reading The 88th Academy Awards: What did we learn, anything?