Month in Review: November ’18

To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts and to help distance this site from the one of old, I’m installing this monthly post where I summarize the previous month’s activity in a wraparound that will hopefully give people the chance to go back and find stuff they might have missed, as wellContinue reading “Month in Review: November ’18”

Love

Release: Friday, October 30, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Gaspar Noé Directed by: Gaspar Noé French-Argentinian Gaspar Noé has chosen to follow up his “psychedelic melodrama” Enter the Void with a graphic examination of relationships driven by lust and jealousy, and while it is a warmer film than his previous efforts, Love is a far cry from feel-good and offers itsContinue reading “Love”

30-for-30: I Hate Christian Laettner

Release: Sunday, March 15, 2015 [Netflix] Directed by: Rory Karpf The psychology that characterizes fandom and sports obsession isn’t complicated. Just as in movies there are the good guys you cheer for and the bad guys who you want to see fail. The good guys are the home team, who have a crowd behind them and are representativeContinue reading “30-for-30: I Hate Christian Laettner”

Hateship Loveship

Release: Friday, April 11, 2014 (limited) [Redbox] Written by:  Mark Jude Poirier Directed by: Liza Johnson At a certain point, restrained filmmaking can put a strain on its relationship with its audience. Liza Johnson’s thoughtful but underwhelming Hateship Loveship is a film that dares to be subtle, so much so that it has trouble balancing its thematic and entertainment responsibilities. Despite the oddball title Johnson managesContinue reading “Hateship Loveship”

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Release: Christmas Day 2013 [Theater] Nelson Mandela. Now there’s a name that has ‘Hollywood movie’ written all over it. With the passing of such an extraordinary figure a mere month ago, the moment doesn’t seem to be any riper for a major motion picture about him to be sweeping across the globe. While it’s pretty difficultContinue reading “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

To Rome With Love

Released: Friday, June 22, 2012 (limited) [Theater] To put it kindly, this latest installment from Woody Allen had a lot going on in it. So much in fact that it was clear he didn’t know what to do with it all. Though I can’t say that anything about the film was insufferable or even really bad,Continue reading “To Rome With Love”