The Birth of a Nation

Release: Friday, October 7, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Nate Parker Directed by: Nate Parker It’s all but inevitable making comparisons between Steve McQueen’s 2013 Oscar-winning adaptation of Solomon Northup’s memoir and the debut feature from Nate Parker. Some have even gone as far as to regard the latter’s work as the 12 Years a Slave of 2016, which,Continue reading “The Birth of a Nation”

Bound to Vengeance

Release: Friday, June 26, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Rock Shaink Jr.; Keith Kjornes Directed by: José Manuel Cravioto Bound to Vengeance is bound to suffer a short life of critical derision and audience dissatisfaction before falling completely into obscurity, and that’s kind of a shame. It’s never easy watching a film squander its potential and so quickly. You’veContinue reading “Bound to Vengeance”

Sicario

Release: Friday, October 2, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Taylor Sheridan Directed by: Denis Villeneuve In Sicario we get to take a tour south of the U.S.-Mexico border, heading to Ciudad Juárez to infiltrate the infamously violent and complex system of drug cartels that has consumed Juárez so completely it has become responsible for the random abductions of tourists and citizensContinue reading “Sicario”

TBT: The Descent (2006)

There is no shortage of horrors I could have/might have gone with here. But I decided to ultimately pick something a bit more. . .random out of the hat, as I think more obvious choices like Halloween, or Psycho, or even Friday the 13th would be a little more difficult to say something original about.Continue reading “TBT: The Descent (2006)”

The Rover

Release: Friday, June 13, 2014 (limited) [Theater] People often are products of their environment. In the case of The Rover, it seems to be the other way around. If that sounds like a call for the environmentally-minded to flock to their nearest indie/arthouse theater to see this flick, I don’t believe I could be more misleading. This unrelentingly bleak dramaContinue reading “The Rover”

Lone Survivor

Release: Christmas Day 2013 (limited) [Theater] Before we dive into an analysis of this film, let’s first get one thing straight: this is no Saving Private Ryan. The critic who made that comparison probably made it in the (understandably) dizzying buzz after experiencing an early screening of Peter Berg’s war film and felt compelled to giveContinue reading “Lone Survivor”