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 artwork … Continue 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 in … Continue 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 executive … Continue 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 right … Continue 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 privilege … Continue reading Boyhood

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 the … Continue 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. It … Continue reading Palo Alto