Free Guy

Release: Friday, August 13, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Matt Lieberman; Zak Penn Directed by: Shawn Levy Starring: Ryan Reynolds; Taika Waititi; Joe Keery; Jodi Comer; Lil Rel Howery   ***/***** Following more the logic of the heart than the brain, Free Guy is a whacky but entertaining circus of big visual effects, videogame Easter eggs, and shameless (more likeContinue reading “Free Guy”

30-for-30: This Magic Moment

Release: Thursday, April 14, 2016 [Netflix] Directed by: Erin Leyden; Gentry Kirby What happens when big money and even bigger egos obscure a clear path to victory? You get This Magic Moment, a documentary filled to the brim with ‘what-if’s and ‘what-could-have-been’s. In it, the flashy Orlando Magic finds itself under scrutiny for handling the Shaquille O’Neal-Penny HardawayContinue reading “30-for-30: This Magic Moment”

30-for-30: Trojan War

Release: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 [Netflix] Directed by: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas Another story lamenting how the mighty have fallen. That’s how Trojan War will look to anyone not familiar with the University of Southern California, Pete Carroll, the Seattle Seahawks . . . or really American football in general. Carroll and his Seahawks have long been associated with some of theContinue reading “30-for-30: Trojan War”

OCMC: Alan Parrish in Jumanji

“AAAAHHHH!! AHHH!!! . . . . . . AH!” Noises. Robin Williams came equipped with many of them, and in this outrageously fun film from the mid-90s, he’s provided an opportunity to tap into that part of him that was more. . . . shall we say, animalistic? As a child who got trapped inside the dangerousContinue reading “OCMC: Alan Parrish in Jumanji”

TBT: Happy Gilmore (1996)

Well, clearly this month is going to go one of two ways for my loyal TBT readers — May is a month officially dedicated to the trashy, juvenile and downright offensive antics of one Adam Sandler. While I’m of the camp that actually doesn’t completely hate his guts yet, his insistence on recycling the sameContinue reading “TBT: Happy Gilmore (1996)”

TBT: He Got Game (1998)

Yesterday marked the end of the regular 2013-’14 NBA season. I do realize that to a great many people this day passes with the significance of a fart, but to some, April 16 marks the official arrival of a much-anticipated point in the year, the moment when professional basketball becomes VERY interesting to watch (and someContinue reading “TBT: He Got Game (1998)”

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Release: Friday, November 22, 2013 [Theater] After struggling to find a decent seat at a showing at 3 in the afternoon, it would seem I had seriously underestimated the frenzy that The Hunger Games had thrown the world into; although I thoroughly enjoyed myself despite all of my hesitations as I watched the original — theContinue reading “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”