Just a Quick Thought: Remembering Kobe Bryant

Sunday, January 26, 2020 has proven to be an extraordinarily difficult and surreal day for hoops and sports fans in general. I’d like to pause my movie reviewing for a second to remember basketball player Kobe Bean Bryant, who passed away a day after Lebron James, currently of the Los Angeles Lakers, passed him forContinue reading “Just a Quick Thought: Remembering Kobe Bryant”

Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood

Release: Friday, July 26, 2019 →Theater Written by: Quentin Tarantino Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino is among the biggest names in the biz today and in his ninth and apparently penultimate film he’s relying on clout more than ever to get mass audiences invested in something that he takes as seriously as Jules does Ezekiel 25:17 —Continue reading “Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood”

Velvet Buzzsaw

Release: Friday, February 1, 2019 (Netflix)  →Netflix Written by: Dan Gilroy Directed by: Dan Gilroy Beauty is in the eye of the soon-to-be-murdered in Velvet Buzzsaw, the new film from writer/director Dan Gilroy, who made his mark back in 2014 with the sensationally gripping Nightcrawler. His third directorial feature following 2017’s collaboration with Denzel Washington on Roman J. Israel, Esq., VelvetContinue reading “Velvet Buzzsaw”

mid90s

Release: Friday, October 26, 2018 →Theater Written by: Jonah Hill Directed by: Jonah Hill Ahead of its premiere at TIFF earlier this year, débuting writer-director Jonah Hill said of his mid90s, a rough-around-the-edges, scrappy little slice-of-life drama extracted from the streets of L.A., that what he really didn’t want to do was create nostalgia porn. Honestly, this isContinue reading “mid90s”

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”

La La Land

Release: Friday, December 9, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Damien Chazelle  Directed by: Damien Chazelle  Damien Chazelle’s critically-acclaimed modern musical is being hailed as one of the most original movies in years. That’s not surprising given the cinematic environment into which it has been born. It’s hard not to appreciate the oasis in a sprawling desert. While DisneyContinue reading “La La Land”

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Release: Friday, August 19, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Directed by: Justin Krook I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, not to be confused with Mike Hodges’ British crime thriller starring Clive Owen, is a globetrotting documentary following around popular EDM deejay Steve Aoki as he prepares for the biggest show of his career. It promises a unique look at a uniqueContinue reading “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”

The Invitation

Release: Friday, April 8, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Phil Hay; Matt Manfredi Directed by: Karyn Kusama Dinner parties tend to get awkward when guests start dropping dead. Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body; Aeon Flux) invites you inside the strange goings-on of what was supposed to be a casual get-together among longtime friends, friends reuniting after a traumatic event. ParanoiaContinue reading “The Invitation”

Café Society

Release: Friday, July 15, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Woody Allen Directed by: Woody Allen I think I’ve cashed in the last of my goodwill towards all things Woody Allen by checking out Café Society, yet another movie about New York, being Jewish and being young, dumb and hopelessly lovesick. The weight of Allen’s neuroticism has become crushing in theContinue reading “Café Society”

The Neon Demon

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016  [Theater] Written by: Nicolas Winding Refn; Mary Laws; Polly Stenham Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn Elephant in the room: there are more lines of dialogue in Nicolas Winding Refn’s new film than there were in his last. That wasn’t enough to stop The Neon Demon from scoring Refn his second-straight booing at the CannesContinue reading “The Neon Demon”