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

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Lights Out

Release: Friday, July 22, 2016 [Theater*] Written by: Eric Heisserer Directed by: David F. Sandberg In Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg's feature debut, an expanded realization of a short film he made in 2013, something sinister lurks in the absence of light and enjoys tormenting anyone unfortunate enough to be in the same room with it. That is, of … Continue reading Lights Out

Hell-Bent

Release: Monday, May 23, 2016 (YouTube) [YouTube] Written by: Shayne Kamat; Lorenzo Cabello Directed by: Foster Vernon The following piece is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings. Thank you James for giving me the chance to talk about this new film student production. Hell-Bent is clearly the product of film student passion and represents something … Continue reading Hell-Bent

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

Housebound

Release: Friday, October 17, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Gerard Johnstone Directed by: Gerard Johnstone Housebound heralds the arrival of a creative new talent in Gerard Johnstone, and though not always the most confident, his feature film debut functions as a perfectly harmless distraction that adds a few amusing wrinkles in the fabric of haunted house horror. It centers around a young, moody … Continue reading Housebound

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

The Voices

Release: Friday, February 6, 2015 [Redbox] Written by: Michael R. Perry Directed by: Marjane Satrapi I always knew cats were inherently evil. What with their pawing and purring and hairballs and general infatuation with chasing their own tails. Is evil the right word? In this case, yes . . . yes it is; cats take on an entirely darker … Continue reading The Voices

It Follows

Release: Friday, March 13, 2015 [Theater] Written by: David Robert Mitchell Directed by: David Robert Mitchell Subtly unsettling and certainly spooky the unseen, inexplicable threat at the heart of It Follows is not likely to strike you right away, but if you let it that paranoid feeling will eventually find you. David Robert Mitchell has come up with a … Continue reading It Follows