Goosebumps

Release: Friday, October 16, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Darren Lemke; Scott Alexander; Larry Karaszewski Directed by: Rob Letterman If anyone asked me what got me into writing, I would tell them it was R.L. Stine. I wanted to be like him so much I came up with my own ghost stories as a kid; I even started mimicking the artworkContinue reading “Goosebumps”

TBT: Superbad (2007)

Time to break out your favorite JanSport backpack, No.2 pencils and loose leaf notebook paper boys and girls, because it’s once again time to go back to hell school in this second edition of Throwback to School September. (Catchy phrase, right?) Fortunately in this world, all you’ll really need is a backpack to throw inContinue reading “TBT: Superbad (2007)”

Dope

Release: Friday, June 19, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Rick Famuyiwa Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa Rick Famuyiwa’s Sundance darling isn’t particularly revelatory filmmaking, but it’s much more intelligent than its dopey title suggests, rejecting racial stereotypes and erasing cultural gaps as confidently as it embraces its young leading trio as a righteous symbol of individualism. Dope channels an infectious spirit à la executiveContinue reading “Dope”

The D Train

Release: Friday, May 8, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Andrew Mogel; Jarrad Paul Directed by: Andrew Mogel; Jarrad Paul Ah, the time-honored ‘Act Like a Jackass at Your High School Reunion’ plot. Even though it’s a far cry from consistent entertainment, The D Train presents a valid argument for staying away from said social function if you’re not in the rightContinue reading “The D Train”

Boyhood

Release: Friday, July 18, 2014 (limited) [Theater] I know my refusal to get up out of my seat even after almost three consecutive hours of sitting — in considerably cramped quarters, I might add — is pretty weak testament to the fact that Boyhood just may be one of the coolest films this reviewer has had the privilegeContinue reading “Boyhood”

The Franco Files — #7

Welcome to August, and the seventh edition of The Franco Files! I’m back from my quick trip to Negative Town with TFF #6 (infamously known as TTFF by now) and let’s hope to not go there again ‘cuz that wasn’t much fun. As my friend Cara — yes, THE Cara of Silver Screen Serenade — put it, the last edition wasContinue reading “The Franco Files — #7”

TBT: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

The dog days of summer are upon us. It’s August, and that means back to school for some and the vacations are mostly over for the families who have been basking in the glorious summer sun (though I look forward personally to some more reasonable temperatures. . . we pasty-skinned Brits burn just embarrassingly easily). Yes, August is theContinue reading “TBT: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)”

Palo Alto

Release: Friday, May 9, 2014 (limited) [Theater] One of the last memories I have from high school is staring at the giant inflatable penis dangling from the roof of the Farragut High gymnasium — actually it looked more like a cross than a penis because the way the balls were positioned relative to the shaft. ItContinue reading “Palo Alto”

TBT: Hoosiers (1986)

Well hello there. Welcome to a new month of some blasts from the past, and this time we indeed do have a few of those. I’d like to officially welcome you to NBApril. The NBA Playoffs are just around the corner at the end of this month. One film that comes to mind that isContinue reading “TBT: Hoosiers (1986)”

The Spectacular Now

Release: Friday, August 2, 2013 (limited) [Theater] Miles Teller had but one chance left to impress before I completely wrote him off as an actor who may have talent, but is perpetually doomed to recycling poor role choices. Even though his resumé may be limited, there’s enough to notice the pattern of him being typecastContinue reading “The Spectacular Now”