The Fundamentals of Caring

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Rob Burnett Directed by: Rob Burnett A long time ago I made some comment to the effect of being frustrated by how easily I'm tricked into watching movies starring Paul Rudd. This knee-jerk reaction was inspired by a viewing of the terrible 2012 comedy Wanderlust which paired him with Jennifer Aniston. … Continue reading The Fundamentals of Caring

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Hell-Bent

Release: Monday, May 23, 2016 (YouTube) [YouTube] Written by: Shayne Kamat; Lorenzo Cabello Directed by: Foster Vernon The following piece is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings. Thank you James for giving me the chance to talk about this new film student production. Hell-Bent is clearly the product of film student passion and represents something … Continue reading Hell-Bent

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 Army … Continue reading Swiss Army Man

New Cops

Release: Monday, February 15, 2016 (online) [YouTube] Directed by: Timothy Morton Timothy Morton's New Cops has a cozy home-made feel to it and while the low overhead is certainly noticeable it doesn't stop us from having a little bit of fun with these guys. Morton's latest, a project six years in the making, premiered on February 15 on NoBudge.com, … Continue reading New Cops

Band of Robbers

Release: Friday, January 15, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Aaron & Adam Nee Directed by: Aaron & Adam Nee 'Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.' Mark Twain's preemptive words of … Continue reading Band of Robbers

Adult Beginners

Release: Friday, April 24, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: Jeff Cox; Liz Flahive; Nick Kroll Directed by: Ross Katz Fans of FX's The League, here's a movie you've kind of been waiting for. Kind of. And maybe 'waiting for' is extreme. Regardless of my lack of enthusiasm towards star Nick Kroll, Adult Beginners finds a way to encourage a more … Continue reading Adult Beginners

Turbo Kid

Release: Friday, August 28, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: François Simard; Anouk Whissell; Yoann-Karl Whissell Directed by: François Simard; Anouk Whissell; Yoann-Karl Whissell Nostalgia will wash over '80s kids in waves in this hugely enjoyable and hyper-violent action-comedy that takes place post-apocalypse and on a brilliantly reimagined scorch of land that resembles more an alien world than our … Continue reading Turbo Kid

The House on Pine Street

Release: Friday, February 27, 2015 (limited)  [Vimeo] Written by: Aaron Keeling; Austin Keeling; Natalie Jones Directed by: Aaron Keeling; Austin Keeling This piece is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. As always James, thanks for hooking this one up. The House on Pine Street is a well-crafted haunted house indie that, while possessing many classic genre traits, overindulges in the … Continue reading The House on Pine Street

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 different … Continue reading Tangerine

Night People

Release: Friday, November 13, 2015 (Ireland) [YouTube] Written by: Gerard Lough Directed by: Gerard Lough This review is my sixth contribution to Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings and my first of this month's selections. I'd like to give my thanks to James for offering this one to me.  Beautiful, haunting imagery and a few interesting ideas don't quite coalesce … Continue reading Night People