Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Release: Friday, December 14, 2018 →Theater Written by: Phil Lord; Rodney Rothman Directed by: Bob Persichetti; Peter Ramsey; Rodney Rothman A Review from the Perspective of a Spider-Newb A cornucopia of visual delights that rivals the best of Pixar and Studio Ghibli, two of the giants in the world of animation, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has taken Sony PicturesContinue reading “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Annihilation

Release: Friday, February 23, 2018 →Theater Written by: Alex Garland Directed by: Alex Garland Annihilation is the reason for many things. It is the reason why science fiction is my cinematic genre of choice — there is something thrilling about breaking the rules and getting away with it, and here is a world in which the laws ofContinue reading “Annihilation”

Blade Runner 2049

Release: Friday, October 6, 2017 →Theater Written by: Hampton Fancher; Michael Green Directed by: Denis Villeneuve Denis Villeneuve proves himself a worthy heir to Ridley Scott with his hauntingly beautiful and poetically told Blade Runner 2049, a narratively and emotionally satisfying expansion of Scott’s 1982 classic. It proposes an even darker version of an already grim future realityContinue reading “Blade Runner 2049”

Moonlight

Release: Friday, October 21, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Barry Jenkins Directed by: Barry Jenkins There’s a moment late in Barry Jenkins’ new film featuring a blown-out Naomie Harris desperate for a cigarette, in the way a recovering crack-addict is desperate for a cigarette. Her violently trembling hands fail her, prompting the assistance of her son, for whom she has spent a lifetimeContinue reading “Moonlight”

Arrival

Release: Friday, November 11, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Eric Heisserer Directed by: Denis Villeneuve I’m just going to say it: Arrival is magnificent. It’s also: 1) another grand gesture from the visionary Québécois Denis Villeneuve that’s both sophisticated and stylish; 2) a film that really “makes you think;” 3) the antidote to the last several days in which the world hasContinue reading “Arrival”

Cemetery of Splendor

Release: Friday, March 4, 2016 (limited)  [Vimeo] Written by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul  Directed by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul My  first review of a Thai film is brought to you courtesy of Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. James is the guy running the show over there and he graciously made this incredibly unique and moving film available to me. Please check out hisContinue reading “Cemetery of Splendor”

Embrace of the Serpent

Release: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Ciro Guerra; Jacques Toulemonde Vidal Directed by: Ciro Guerra This  review is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. I would like to give a shout-out to James for allowing me to talk about this unique cinematic experience.  Embrace of the Serpent (El Abrazo de La Serpiente) was Colombia’sContinue reading “Embrace of the Serpent”

Hell or High Water

Release: Friday, August 12, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Taylor Sheridan Directed by: David Mackenzie The day after you’ve watched something is probably not the time to proclaim that thing an instant classic. It would be wise to allow the infatuation phase to run its course before declaring your undying love for your partner. Unfortunately for me,Continue reading “Hell or High Water”

Swiss Army Man

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Dan Kwan; Daniel Sheinert Directed by: Dan Kwan; Daniel Sheinert There are some movies that just simply take your breath away. Ones where you’ll remember what theater you saw it in, where you were sitting, how many people were in there with you when you experienced THIS movie. Swiss ArmyContinue reading “Swiss Army Man”

About Elly

Release: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Asghar Farhadi; Azad Jafarian Directed by: Asghar Farhadi This film originally debuted in Iran in 2009 but American markets did not get it until last year, hence the film qualifies as a ‘recent’ release on this site. Asghar Farhadi is an extraordinarily perceptive filmmaker with a profound ability to distill the ‘ordinariness’Continue reading “About Elly”