Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Release: Friday, May 3, 2019 (limited)  →Netflix Written by: Michael Werwie Directed by: Joe Berlinger Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile may appear on the surface as a redundant exercise. Do we really need another take on the American nightmare that was Ted Bundy? Like it or not we have come to know the man behind atContinue reading “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

January Blindspot: Defiance (2009)

Release: Friday, January 16, 2009 [Netflix] Written by: Edward Zwick; Clayton Frohman Directed by: Edward Zwick Defiance at the very least satisfies a certain curiosity I had about a film that featured Daniel Craig not in a suit and tie, and as of this posting — admittedly a time-sensitive and quite frankly rushed one — I feel more inclinedContinue reading “January Blindspot: Defiance (2009)”

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”

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”

The Conjuring

Release: Thursday, July 18, 2013 [Theater] James Wan applies his skillful story- and suspense-building techniques without missing a step in this intense supernatural thriller based on the first-hand accounts of world-renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively) in Harrisville, Rhode Island. Chances are, most people by now are at leastContinue reading “The Conjuring”