Palm Springs

Release: Friday, July 10, 2020 (Hulu) →Hulu Written by: Andy Siara Directed by: Max Barbakow Palm Springs, a buzzy new Hulu original starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti and J.K. Simmons, for me has an unusual distinction. This romantic comedy about two strangers stuck in a time loop at a wedding boasts one of the best post-credits scenes I’veContinue reading “Palm Springs”

Anomalisa

Release: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 (limited) [Redbox] Written by: Charlie Kaufman Directed by: Charlie Kaufman; Duke Johnson Someone please give Michael Stone a hug. I’m starting an online petition to see if we can get Michael Stone just one good hug, because he really, really, really, really, really needs one. Either him or writer-director Charlie Kaufman, I’m not sureContinue reading “Anomalisa”

Café Society

Release: Friday, July 15, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Woody Allen Directed by: Woody Allen I think I’ve cashed in the last of my goodwill towards all things Woody Allen by checking out Café Society, yet another movie about New York, being Jewish and being young, dumb and hopelessly lovesick. The weight of Allen’s neuroticism has become crushing in theContinue reading “Café Society”

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Release: Friday, July 8, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Andrew Jay Cohen; Brendan O’Brien Directed by: Jake Szymanski Have you saved the date for the Stangle wedding yet? There’s really no need if you don’t typically RSVP for the raunch, for the kind of testosterone-induced antics that invariably wind up with someone’s penis in something it should not be, good-lookingContinue reading “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

Decades Blogathon – About Last Night (1986)

Originally posted on three rows back:
We’re in the final(ish) straight of the Decades Blogathon – 6 edition – hosted by myself and the legend that is Tom from Digital Shortbread. The blogathon focuses on movies that were released in the sixth year of the decade. Tom and I are running a different entry each…

Man Up

Release: Friday, November 13, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Tess Morris Directed by: Ben Palmer Man Up plays out like the self-help book on dating that you never knew you needed. Or wanted. It’s a romantic comedy where the romance is neither obnoxious nor saccharine and where not everyone is all LOL-ing up in your face because they’reContinue reading “Man Up”

People Places Things

Release: Friday, August 15, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: James C. Strouse Directed by: James C. Strouse Bittersweet comedy features Jemaine Clement calibrating his typical absurdist humor to bring warmth and tenderness to a story that both pleases and frustrates in almost equal measure. People Places Things won’t be the next career-defining gig for the Kiwi but it’s such an affableContinue reading “People Places Things”

JCR Factor #9

Welcome back around to the latest and final John C. Reilly Factor — Thomas J’s latest character study. If you’re hankering for more posts just like this, be sure to visit the Features menu up top and check out sub-menu, John C. Reilly! It’s a shame I could only make it to nine with this feature. I couldContinue reading “JCR Factor #9”

TBT: Amélie (2001)

Our second stop this December on Throwback Thursday finds us head-over-heels in like (?) with a very unique girl. A hopeless romantic. A dreamer. A dream-weaver. Though this entry doesn’t strictly qualify as a film that spreads holiday cheer, it’s one that spreads cheer and is the definition of a feel-good film. It’s a testament toContinue reading “TBT: Amélie (2001)”

TBT: The Graduate (1967)

For the second pick of November ’15 we’re going back to what has been referred to me time and again as a classic. A coming-of-ager to end all coming-of-age films. It’s Dustin Hoffman’s second big screen appearance, one that officially opened up the doors to a promising and diverse career, one that I am ashamedContinue reading “TBT: The Graduate (1967)”