The Scarlett Johansson Project — #4

We're more than halfway through 2020 (and thank goodness for that), and yet not quite halfway through The SJP (thanks to a delay up front in Jan/Feb). In case anyone has noticed there hasn't been a whole lot of organization to this feature, which I have actually enjoyed. There was a version of this where I … Continue reading The Scarlett Johansson Project — #4

Harpoon

Release: Friday, October 4, 2019 (limited)  →Showtime  Written by: Rob Grant; Mike Kovac Directed by: Rob Grant Harpoon is a horror-comedy set at sea that is bizarrely compelling considering what actually happens in 80 short minutes. It's a vicious little social experiment concocted by writer/director Rob Grant, who quite brilliantly uses little more than the bare essentials … Continue reading Harpoon

Coffee & Kareem

Release: Friday, April 3, 2020 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Shane Mack Directed by: Michael Dowse I really like Ed Helms. He is an actor I apparently will follow even into the seedier, more desperate corners of Netflix. I don't know much about director Michael Dowse, other than the fact his résumé is populated with such silly titles as … Continue reading Coffee & Kareem

6 Underground

Release: Friday, December 13, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Paul Wernick; Rhett Reese Directed by: Michael Bay It's my fourth week of isolation and while we've got a way to go still before we can socially un-distance, I'm pretty sure I've just hit a low point. I am now inviting Michael Bay in to my living room to … Continue reading 6 Underground

The Gentlemen

Release: Friday, January 24, 2020 →Theater Written by: Ivan Atkinson; Marn Davies; Guy Ritchie Directed by: Guy Ritchie The Gentlemen appears as a sight for sore eyes for anyone hoping for Guy Ritchie to return to form. After a string of generic blockbusters that kicked off with Sherlock Holmes in 2009 and then lasted forever, it seemed pretty clear he … Continue reading The Gentlemen

Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Release: Friday, February 7, 2020 →Theater Written by: Christina Hodson Directed by: Cathy Yan Above all else Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is an expression of personality. It's loud and ridiculous in almost every way, but it's also really fun and that's just enough for me to declare DC is off to a good … Continue reading Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Uncut Gems

Release: Christmas Day 2019  →Theater Written by: Ronald Bronstein; Josh and Benny Safdie  Directed by: Josh and Benny Safdie If they have proven anything in their last two movies it's that few filmmakers stress you out quite like the New York born-and-bred Safdie brothers. Uncut Gems is, in a word, intense. This is a very aggressive mood piece that … Continue reading Uncut Gems

Parasite

Release: Friday, November 8, 2019 →Theater Written by: Bong Joon Ho; Jin Won Han Directed by: Bong Joon Ho I don't know why, or how, I have never seen a Bong Joon Ho movie before now. The South Korean filmmaker is one of those major voices of world cinema that's hard to ignore. Yet here I am, crawling … Continue reading Parasite

Jojo Rabbit

Release: Friday, November 8, 2018 →Theater Written by: Taika Waititi Directed by: Taika Waititi New Zealand writer/director Taika Waititi has always been the magic elixir to make things better. Viago the vampire was one of my favorite characters in the frightfully funny comedy What We Do in the Shadows (2015). In 2017 he gave the MCU a whack of … Continue reading Jojo Rabbit