30 for 30: Rodman: For Better or Worse

Release: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 (ESPN) →ESPN  Directed by: Todd Kapostasy Love him, hate him or indifferent to him you can’t really get away with saying you don’t know who Dennis Rodman is. Few American athletes have received the attention that the former so-called “Bad Boy” has. How much of that has been self-inflicted andContinue reading “30 for 30: Rodman: For Better or Worse”

Thor: Ragnarok

Release: Friday, November 3, 2017 →Theater Written by: Eric Pearson; Craig Kyle; Christopher L. Yost Directed by: Taika Waititi Save yourself a pat on the back for me, Marvel. The Taika Waititi experiment has paid off and now you’ve got a great big success on your hands. Thor: Ragnarok isn’t a revelation but it is a very entertainingContinue reading “Thor: Ragnarok”

Suicide Squad

Release: Friday, August 5, 2016 [Theater] Written by: David Ayer Directed by: David Ayer Sigh. Suicide Squad is neither a disaster nor a revelation. It’s just really, really uneventful and in that way, crushingly disappointing. Let me grab a calculator and get back to you, because the math really doesn’t add up. I don’t quite know how you commitContinue reading “Suicide Squad”

Deathgasm

Release: Friday, October 2, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Jason Lei Howden Directed by: Jason Lei Howden Visual effects artist Jason Lei Howden’s blood-splattered horror-comedy debut may operate within some fairly limited confines but budgetary constraints seemingly have no effect on the creativity of his project and its metal-as-f**k attitude. So you come to expect a few things with a title likeContinue reading “Deathgasm”

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 CannesContinue reading “The Neon Demon”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2

Release: Friday, November 20, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Peter Craig; Danny Strong Directed by: Francis Lawrence Take your best shot, Mr. Lawrence. I’m ready for anything. Or, I thought I was. Four films, three years and nearly $2 billion in global box office receipts later, we arrive at the bittersweet farewell to a remarkable franchise, one that has been soContinue reading “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2”

Chappie

Release: Friday, March 6, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Neill Blomkamp; Terri Tatchell Directed by: Neill Blomkamp The nonsense that is Chappie makes one sorely nostalgic for the days of Elysium and awkward Jodie Foster performances. At least in that semi-disappointing spectacle we were teased with the notion of leaving behind a civilization that Neill Blomkamp clearly despises. Here, no suchContinue reading “Chappie”

TBT: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Mercifully the month of February comes to an end this weekend. I say this not because of the romantic theme I’ve put everyone through on this feature over the last couple of weeks (I guess that’s bad enough), but because the weather around here has been downright crazy. Last night I put my car in aContinue reading “TBT: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)”

Only Lovers Left Alive

Release: Friday, April 11, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Jim Jarmusch Directed by: Jim Jarmusch Vampires have never seemed as hipster as they do in Jim Jarmusch’s beautifully framed and deliberately paced tale of two long-time lovers reuniting in Detroit — but in an incredible twist of fate script they have also never seemed so appealing. Tom HiddlestonContinue reading “Only Lovers Left Alive”

TBT: The Matrix (1999)

This entry is probably going to throw some people off, as I am indeed including it during my search for the love affairs that have impacted me most in my very limited movie-watching career. I’ll admit this one isn’t a very obvious choice. Sure, it’s a technologically-driven action/fantasy epic but to overlook the far more fundamentalContinue reading “TBT: The Matrix (1999)”