Before the Flood

Release: Friday, October 21, 2016 (limited) [YouTube] Written by: Mark Monroe Directed by: Fisher Stevens Oscar-winning documentarian Fisher Stevens won’t change the world with his ambitious but overly familiar and ultimately underwhelming examination of man’s impact on the global environment, but his efforts aren’t completely in vain. Before the Flood uses the immense popularity of bonafide Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprioContinue reading “Before the Flood”

The 88th Academy Awards: What did we learn, anything?

Like an M. Night Shyamalan plot twist Chris Rock did in fact show up to host the 88th Academy Awards, and the event did go off without a hitch — no crazed protestor drove their car into the Dolby Theater anyway. This night wasn’t at all Billy Crystal-y; this was definitely more Degeneres-ish with Rock shouting loudlyContinue reading “The 88th Academy Awards: What did we learn, anything?”

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…

The Revenant

Release: Friday, January 8, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Alejandro González Iñárritu; Mark L. Smith Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu There are some things in The Revenant that you can’t un-see. Like the bloody confrontation between the Arikara tribe and Captain Andrew Henry’s men in the very first scene. Or a human body torn apart by monstrous bear claws. These moments transcend shockContinue reading “The Revenant”

The Danish Girl

Release: Friday, November 27, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Lucinda Coxon Directed by: Tom Hooper The Danish Girl, at least at a glance, looks poised to pull a Dallas Buyers Club and receive recognition, and possibly even win top prizes for both leading categories next February. The field is getting pretty stacked though, and if Leo can justContinue reading “The Danish Girl”

TBT: Titanic (1997)

Welcome boys, girls. . . . and all others, to another sappy, tear-filled romantic edition of Throwback Thursday. (I know, gross, right?) The whole idea behind today’s post is about being subtle. . . . . . as subtle as a 40-foot-tall iceberg protruding from the chilly North Atlantic water. As subtle as that sceneContinue reading “TBT: Titanic (1997)”

TBT: Romeo + Juliet (1996)

It’s a little difficult to outfit TBT with a ‘romantic’ theme without turning the spotlight on *the* romance movie. . . or at least without recognizing one of cinema’s most popular, ill-fated couples. I’m sure if I were to ever nominate the Baz Luhrmann adaptation as the romance film to end all romance films I could expect to see that commentContinue reading “TBT: Romeo + Juliet (1996)”

TBT: The Basketball Diaries (1995)

The fourth and final installment in the NBApril segment of Throwback Thursday is already here. Well, goodbye April. Sorry you couldn’t stick around for longer. . . . . . . . . . . And also, apologies that this month could not have ended on a better note. I guess this is just goingContinue reading “TBT: The Basketball Diaries (1995)”

The 86th Academy Awards Afterparty: Will there be pizza?

Despite my fascination with film, I consistently have never really cared for the awards ceremonies as I’ve always seen them as rather trifling procedures. The night of Sunday, March 2 barely amounts to more than a shallow beauty pageant. The proceedings inside L.A.’s famed Dolby Theater are in effect an incredibly expensive circus in whichContinue reading “The 86th Academy Awards Afterparty: Will there be pizza?”

The Wolf of Wall Street

Release: Christmas Day 2013 [Theater] Hand over the ‘ludes, dude, and no one gets hurt! One of this generation’s most gifted actors teams up once again with the legendary Marty Scorsese with the hopes of stirring up yet another potent cocktail — this time, a film set in the 1980s in the immediate wake of theContinue reading “The Wolf of Wall Street”