Decades Blogathon – Casino Royale (2006)

Originally posted on three rows back:
It’s week two of the Decades Blogathon – 6 edition – hosted by myself and the awesome Tom from Digital Shortbread! The blogathon focuses on movies that were released in the sixth year of the decade. Tom and I are running a different entry each day (we’ll also reblog…

Money Monster

Release: Friday, May 13, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jamie Linden; Alan DiFiore; Jim Kouf Directed by: Jodie Foster In Jodie Foster’s latest, good old George is forced to strap explosives to his chest on live television and admit to everyone — everyone in Manhattan anyway — that he, the arrogant host of a colorful, high-octane financial talk show, isContinue reading “Money Monster”

Eye in the Sky

Release: Friday, April 1, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Guy Hibbert Directed by: Gavin Hood Eye in the Sky presents an intriguing, if not familiar moral conundrum as a British Army Colonel weighs the pros and cons of pulling the trigger on a drone missile strike that could eliminate top terrorist targets sheltered in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.Continue reading “Eye in the Sky”

10 Cloverfield Lane

Release: Friday, March 11, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Josh Campbell; Matthew Stuecken; Damien Chazelle Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg Dan Trachtenberg’s suffocating and impossibly intense monster movie arrests viewers with a power few thrillers in recent memory have had. 10 Cloverfield Lane is an early contender for biggest surprise hit of 2016, delivering a story that’s conceptually simple, emotionally complex and psychologicallyContinue reading “10 Cloverfield Lane”

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Release: Friday, January 15, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Chuck Hogan Directed by: Michael Bay Michael Bay visits the Middle East in only his second non-Transformers extravaganza in nearly a decade. Following in the footsteps of Clint Eastwood (American Sniper) and Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), Bay seems to have had an epiphany of his very own: I too can profit enormouslyContinue reading “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

The Lucky 13 Film Club: The Revenant

Originally posted on Cindy Bruchman:
Thank you, Tom at Digital Shortbread, for co-hosting this month’s feature of the Lucky 13 Film Club. Tom’s reviews are gracefully constructed and insightful. I highly recommend you check out his site; start with his full review of  Buffalo Skulls TOM’S IMPRESSIONS  I’m of the thinking that the best dramas…

No Escape

Release: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 [Theater] Written by: John Erick Dowdle; Drew Dowdle Directed by: John Erick Dowdle No Escape shouldn’t work as well as it does and yet, strong performances from an unlikely cast make for a taut thriller that plays to the tune of Taken, becoming an often absurd yet emotionally resonant tale of survival. Owen WilsonContinue reading “No Escape”

The Babadook

Release: Friday, November 28, 2014 (limited)  [Redbox] Written by: Jennifer Kent Directed by: Jennifer Kent It’s official. I’m in love with horror once again. It’s some kind of feat the hype surrounding Jennifer Kent’s much-acclaimed horror film has gotten to the point where it feels like watching the ‘scariest film in years’ this far into 2015 is, yeah, a little likeContinue reading “The Babadook”

Whiplash

Release: Friday, October 10, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Damien Chazelle  Directed by: Damien Chazelle I know that Terence Fletcher wouldn’t give a rat’s you-know-what about any kind of critique of his performance or his teaching methods. So we’ll keep this between us, okay? I don’t want a chair thrown at me, thank you very much. In this surprisinglyContinue reading “Whiplash”

The Purge: Anarchy

Release: Friday, July 18, 2014 [Theater] The Purge: Anarchy offers you yet another chance to let it all out with a second blood-splattering of twisted social commentary. Instead of running around blindly inside a house defending ourselves from masked invaders as we had done only last summer with the Sandins, now we band together with several nondescript characters in theContinue reading “The Purge: Anarchy”