The Scarlett Johansson Project — #3

My apologies for a lack of content this month. It’s been a rough May. With all that’s going on right now I’m surprised I’m even this sane. I sincerely hope my fellow bloggers and readers have been holding up okay and doing whatever they can to stay healthy, positive and productive/creative. The one thing IContinue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #3”

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)”

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 piousContinue 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 sureContinue 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 soContinue 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 atContinue reading “Demolition”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Release: Friday, March 25, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Chris Terrio; David S. Goyer Directed by: Zack Snyder I see civil war erupting between the die-hards and the casual-hards (and let me quickly interrupt myself here: casual-hards are people like me who don’t really have a firm grasp on either the mythos or even all of the character trajectoriesContinue reading “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

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 sideContinue 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 thatContinue 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 soContinue reading “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2”