What Happened to Monday (Seven Sisters)

Release: Friday, August 18, 2017 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Max Botkin; Kerry Williamson Directed by: Tommy Wirkola In the context of Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola's dystopian crime thriller What Happened to Monday -- a.k.a. Seven Sisters -- China's methods of dealing with an extraordinary overpopulation crisis would be no less controversial but they would also no longer be the exception; rather, the opposite. … Continue reading What Happened to Monday (Seven Sisters)

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The Beguiled

Release: Friday, June 30, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Sofia Coppola Directed by: Sofia Coppola The Beguiled is an unsettling, moody drama set against the American Civil War that finds a wounded Union soldier being taken in and nursed back to health by the inhabitants of a secret all-girls school in Virginia. These women, who have lived a pious … Continue reading The Beguiled

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 sure … Continue reading Anomalisa

The Lobster

Release: Friday, May 13, 2016 (limited)  [Theater] Written by: Yorgos Lanthimos; Efthymis Filippou Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos Outré black comedy The Lobster might be likened to a religious experience for those looking for their fix of anti-Valentine's Day sentiments. If you look hard enough you  could even find enough evidence to validate its romance label as well, but it's so weird and so … Continue reading The Lobster

Demolition

Release: Friday, April 8, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Bryan Sipe Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée Jake Gyllenhaal has played a variety of oddballs in his time. He's navigated his way carefully through a maze of mental illness -- including, but certainly not limited to, sociopathy, obsession and depression -- and often bravely inhabited characters who we're almost dared to embrace at … Continue reading Demolition

The Hateful Eight

Release: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Quentin Tarantino Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino isn't softening in his old(er) age. The Hateful Eight might be one of his most vicious pieces yet, an ode to the frankness of life on the frontier as filtered through the perspectives of some of the meanest, nastiest sumbitches this side … Continue reading The Hateful Eight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Release: Friday, December 18, 2015 [Theater] Written by: J.J. Abrams; Lawrence Kasdan; Michael Arndt Directed by: J.J. Abrams It's admittedly difficult to resist feeling giddy when the familiar yellow text starts scrolling into the distance against a background strewn with stars. As John Williams' iconic score trumpets the arrival of a new era in perhaps the only franchise that … Continue reading Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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 so … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2

Night People

Release: Friday, November 13, 2015 (Ireland) [YouTube] Written by: Gerard Lough Directed by: Gerard Lough This review is my sixth contribution to Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings and my first of this month's selections. I'd like to give my thanks to James for offering this one to me.  Beautiful, haunting imagery and a few interesting ideas don't quite coalesce … Continue reading Night People