Hell and Back

Release: Friday, October 2, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: Tom Gianas; Hugh Sterbakov; Zeb Wells Directed by: Tom Gianas; Ross Shuman Hell and Back is the result of a very goofy experiment. It manifests as Tom Gianas and Ross Shuman’s crude mash-up of Beavis and Butthead‘s juvenile sense of humor with Team America‘s suggestive (offensive?) usage of stop-motion animation. TheContinue reading “Hell and Back”

Jupiter Ascending

Release: Friday, February 6, 2015 [Theater] Written by:  The Wachowskis Directed by: The Wachowskis As Jupiter ascended, my patience and enthusiasm did precisely the opposite, and at warp speed, too. After production delays stalled the Wachowski siblings’ follow-up to their impressive Cloud Atlas, I still held out hope that even with extensive CGI surgery the general experience would remain unaffected. IContinue reading “Jupiter Ascending”

Third Person

Release: Friday, June 20, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Putting it mildly, Third Person is a rather luke-warm rumination on romance whose title feels fairly appropriate considering how much the content likes to emotionally strand the viewer for over two painfully long hours. In fact the lethargic pace is such that it’s easy to get the impression the director really doesn’tContinue reading “Third Person”

TBT: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

I love the TBT of this week. Few contemporary flicks seem to really be able to pull off the right amount of raunchiness and sentimentality. Most end up being too much of one or the other, which isn’t to dismiss them as ‘bad’ films, per se, but it just seems a large number of filmsContinue reading “TBT: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)”

Oz, The Great and Powerful

Release: Friday, March 8, 2013 [Theater] Somewhere over the rainbow, a new director was buried up to his neck in notes, Munchkins (the kind from Dunkin Donuts, not the ones in the movie) and contemporary revisions to one of the most classic fairy tale stories of all time. Too bad the end result didn’t comeContinue reading “Oz, The Great and Powerful”