Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood

Release: Friday, July 26, 2019 →Theater Written by: Quentin Tarantino Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino is among the biggest names in the biz today and in his ninth and apparently penultimate film he’s relying on clout more than ever to get mass audiences invested in something that he takes as seriously as Jules does Ezekiel 25:17 —Continue reading “Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood”

July Blindspot: Swingers (1996)

Release: Friday, October 18, 1996 →YouTube Written by: Jon Favreau Directed by: Doug Liman It is all too easy to assume certain things about a movie titled Swingers. Oh, how does that expression go? The project that launched the careers of both its leads as well as the director is, yes, very much a “dude-flick” preoccupied with the pursuitContinue reading “July Blindspot: Swingers (1996)”

La La Land

Release: Friday, December 9, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Damien Chazelle  Directed by: Damien Chazelle  Damien Chazelle’s critically-acclaimed modern musical is being hailed as one of the most original movies in years. That’s not surprising given the cinematic environment into which it has been born. It’s hard not to appreciate the oasis in a sprawling desert. While DisneyContinue reading “La La Land”

Rules Don’t Apply

Release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Warren Beaty Directed by: Warren Beaty Toothaches. Internet trolls. Airport pat-downs. These are but a few things that grate on the nerves less than Warren Beaty’s new film. In Rules Don’t Apply, an ambitious driver tries to make it with a devout Baptist and aspiring actress who in turn tries to make itContinue reading “Rules Don’t Apply”

Life (2015)

Release: Friday, December 4, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Luke Davies Directed by: Anton Corbijn The spotlight shines once more upon Hollywood icon and heartthrob James Dean in the creatively titled 2015 biopic Life. Okay, so there actually is some nuance to the label. You can take it at face value but the film is more concerned with the relationship the actorContinue reading “Life (2015)”

Hail, Caesar!

Release: Friday, February 5, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen Directed by: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen There’s a new Coen brothers film out in theaters and it is called Hail, Caesar! It chiefly depicts a day in the life of a 1950s Hollywood fixer, a man charged with ensuring that studio productions stay on track andContinue reading “Hail, Caesar!”

Tangerine

Release: Friday, July 10, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Sean Baker; Chris Bergoch Directed by: Sean Baker How I felt when I first tucked into indie dramedy Tangerine — yes, that film, the one shot entirely on the iPhone 5s — and how I felt when the last scene faded to black couldn’t have been more radically differentContinue reading “Tangerine”

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”

Entourage

Release: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Doug Ellin Directed by: Doug Ellin There’s no denying how much the Entourage movie will fail to unite that which its namesake HBO series divided back in 2004. The cinematic revival will be regarded either as one of the more obvious examples of excessive fan service, or the heralding of a new era of oneContinue reading “Entourage”

TBT: Remember Blockbuster? Yeah, it’s still around

Today’s Throwback post is just a wee bit different. Instead of ranting/raving about a movie from yesteryear, I’d like to go back and revisit some of the old avenues of moviegoing, during a time when I didn’t go to the theater as often (primarily because I was in school. . . well that, and IContinue reading “TBT: Remember Blockbuster? Yeah, it’s still around”