White Boy Rick

Release: Friday, September 14, 2018 →Theater Written by: Andy Weiss; Noah and Logan Miller Directed by: Yann Demange In his piece for the New York Observer, the innately likable Rex Reed writes of the White Boy Rick experience: “I can think of no reason any bright, witty or halfway sophisticated movie lover — or otherwise normal person —Continue reading “White Boy Rick”

March Blindspot: Trainspotting (1996)

Release: Friday, August 9, 1996 [YouTube] Written by: John Hodge Directed by: Danny Boyle One of the things I had presumed about Danny Boyle’s iconic drug drama Trainspotting was that it was really bleak, and it was that way from start to finish. Don’t get me wrong — this film is not happy, but I wasn’t expecting so much compassion.Continue reading “March Blindspot: Trainspotting (1996)”

The Infiltrator

Release: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Ellen Brown Furman Directed by: Brad Furman Brad Furman wasn’t looking to infiltrate more elite groups of directors who had earlier tackled the gritty but ever fascinating subject of the drug trafficking epidemic in America when he paired up with Bryan Cranston. That much is clear just based on the relative nonchalanceContinue reading “The Infiltrator”

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Release: Friday, August 7, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Marielle Heller Directed by: Marielle Heller If there was a film this year that epitomized the expression ‘don’t judge a book by its cover,’ uh . . . yeah, this is it. In hindsight the suspect title is rather ingenious. ‘Teenage’ is certainly specific, and so is ‘the diary’ for that matter.Continue reading “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”

Blue Ruin

Release: Friday, April 25, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Jeremy Saulnier Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier From the opening shot silence dominates, ominously foreshadowing a journey fraught with tension and dread. It doesn’t take long to realize that something is wrong, to feel the disconnect between a vagabond and his surroundings. Macon Blair’s Dwight is floating through existence, living out ofContinue reading “Blue Ruin”

Filth

Release: Friday, April 25, 2014 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by:  Jon S. Baird Directed by: Jon S. Baird  What’s that old adage — nice guys finish last? Nice guys are also chumps. James McAvoy as Scottish Detective Sergeant Bruce Robinson added that last part. It wasn’t me. I’m not the guy bumping a line or two before work,Continue reading “Filth”

Inherent Vice

Release: January 9, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by:  Paul Thomas Anderson Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson The Andersonian school of thought is that one ought to at least work a little for their entertainment. A movie featuring a bunch of booze, bongs and babes doesn’t seem like it would be hard to follow along with, but if youContinue reading “Inherent Vice”