The Marvelous Brie Larson — #7

Welcome to the seventh and final edition of my latest Actor Profile, The Marvelous Brie Larson, a monthly series that has revolved around the silver screen performances of one of my favorite actresses. All good things have to come to an end, and as spotty as the posts have been I hope you’ve enjoyed theContinue reading “The Marvelous Brie Larson — #7”

Hold the Dark

Release: Friday, September 28, 2018 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Macon Blair Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier Apparently with his latest film Hold the Dark indie sensation Jeremy Saulnier has lost the audience somewhat. I can see why. In terms both physical and emotional his Alaska-set mystery may be his coldest movie yet. He plunges us into an ice bath,Continue reading “Hold the Dark”

Beautiful Boy

Release: Friday, October 12, 2018 (limited) →Theater Written by: Luke Davies; Felix van Groeningen Directed by: Felix van Groeningen I think it is important to note how specific an experience Beautiful Boy describes. Closing titles reveal some alarming statistics about the pervasiveness of drug abuse in America but the film does not presume to speak for everyone. This is aboutContinue reading “Beautiful Boy”

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)”

It Comes at Night

Release: Friday, June 9, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Trey Edward Shults Directed by: Trey Edward Shults Trey Edward Shults’ sophomore feature It Comes at Night is a psychological horror film that traps the audience along with two families in an abandoned house in the woods that, over the course of a slow-burning 90 minutes, turns into a cauldronContinue reading “It Comes at Night”

Paul G — #9

Last time we were here, Paul was brought in as a psychological consultant on a top-secret government project involving an artificially intelligent being named Morgan. All two of us who saw that movie know how that turned out. Now this month we’re going to find out what happens when you take Paul and shove himContinue reading “Paul G — #9”

The Light Between Oceans

Release: Friday, September 2, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Derek Cianfrance Directed by: Derek Cianfrance Derek Cianfrance has emerged once again with another sweeping, emotional epic, this time The Light Between Oceans, an adaptation of the 2012 international bestseller by M.L. Stedman. Maybe you saw The Place Beyond the Pines, Cianfrance’s previous effort. From an ambitious meditation on how one man’s actions can haveContinue reading “The Light Between Oceans”

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”

30-for-30: Believeland

Release: Saturday, May 14, 2016 [Netflix] Directed by: Andy Billman Imagine growing up in a city where you’re taught, almost assuredly from at least the eighth grade onward, that losing is a reality you must accept, simply based on some silly geographic lottery that you were thrust into at birth. Surprise! You’re from Cleveland, and your acclimatization to watchingContinue reading “30-for-30: Believeland”

Room

Release: Friday, October 16, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Emma Donoghue Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson How does one begin to describe a film like Room? Do I write a poem? Do I send Lenny Abrahamson a letter saying ‘thanks?’ Do I wax lyrical about the emotional highs and lows only a film about a mother and son being isolated inContinue reading “Room”