The World to Come

Release: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 (VOD)  👀 Sundance 2021 Premiere  Written by: Jim Shepard; Ron Hansen  Directed by: Mona Fastvold  Starring: Katherine Waterston; Vanessa Kirby; Christopher Abbot; Casey Affleck   ***/***** Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come, a beguiling romance set on the American frontier, is often literally perched on the edge of light and dark. Though itsContinue reading “The World to Come”

The Scarlett Johansson Project — #6

In perhaps one of the more extreme examples of not knowing what you have until it’s gone, this month’s installment takes a look at a movie that begins with the absence of humanity and works backward, discovering in the process the aches and pains and consequences of being alive. More specifically, being human. Unfolding as oneContinue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #6”

Buffaloed

Release: Friday, February 14, 2020 (limited) →Hulu  Written by: Brian Sacca Directed by: Tanya Wexler Buffaloed is a great example of why I love Zoey Deutch. I haven’t always loved the movies she’s been in — Why Him? (which I’ve seen) and Dirty Grandpa (which I make my life goal to avoid) I like to think are goodContinue reading “Buffaloed”

The Scarlett Johansson Project — #5

Another new movie experience and another lesson learned. The one we have to talk about this month has become something of a cult classic since its release nearly two decades ago. I can see how it has earned that reputation. It’s a very well-made movie, a realistic take on teen alienation that comes with a pricklyContinue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #5”

The Night Clerk

Release: Friday, February 21, 2020  →Netflix Written by: Michael Cristofer Directed by: Michael Cristofer The problem with The Night Clerk is not its depiction of a developmental disorder or that it tries to be two movies in one. It’s that those two elements — character study cum genre film — don’t properly coalesce. It works actually quite well asContinue reading “The Night Clerk”

The Scarlett Johansson Project — #4

We’re more than halfway through 2020 (and thank goodness for that), and yet not quite halfway through The SJP (thanks to a delay up front in Jan/Feb). In case anyone has noticed there hasn’t been a whole lot of organization to this feature, which I have actually enjoyed. There was a version of this where IContinue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #4”

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”

The Way Back

Release: Friday, March 6, 2020 →Theater Written by: Brad Ingelsby Directed by: Gavin O’Connor Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) had a future in basketball beyond high school. Probably beyond college. Once the pride of Bishop Hayes High in the 1990s, he led his team to more victories and championships in his four years than the many iterations managed inContinue reading “The Way Back”

Earthquake Bird

Release: Friday, November 15, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Wash Westmoreland  Directed by: Wash Westmoreland  I spun the Netflix wheel on a Saturday night and landed on this thing called Earthquake Bird. Turns out, it was the caliber movie that rewards in kind the minimal effort I put in to finding it. This slow-burn of a psychosexual thrillerContinue reading “Earthquake Bird”

Top That! My Ten Favorite Films of 2019

It’s Oscar weekend, so I figured now is as good a time as any to announce my ten favorite movies of 2019. There’s not a whole lot of science that goes into my process; it’s mostly gut feeling that determines what goes into this list and how I’m arranging it. The emotional response is theContinue reading “Top That! My Ten Favorite Films of 2019”