Earthquake Bird

Release: Friday, November 15, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Wash Westmoreland  Directed by: Wash Westmoreland  I spun the Netflix wheel on a Saturday night and landed on this thing called Earthquake Bird. Turns out, it was the caliber movie that rewards in kind the minimal effort I put in to finding it. This slow-burn of a psychosexual thriller … Continue reading Earthquake Bird

Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Release: Friday, February 7, 2020 →Theater Written by: Christina Hodson Directed by: Cathy Yan Above all else Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is an expression of personality. It's loud and ridiculous in almost every way, but it's also really fun and that's just enough for me to declare DC is off to a good … Continue reading Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Uncut Gems

Release: Christmas Day 2019  →Theater Written by: Ronald Bronstein; Josh and Benny Safdie  Directed by: Josh and Benny Safdie If they have proven anything in their last two movies it's that few filmmakers stress you out quite like the New York born-and-bred Safdie brothers. Uncut Gems is, in a word, intense. This is a very aggressive mood piece that … Continue reading Uncut Gems

Parasite

Release: Friday, November 8, 2019 →Theater Written by: Bong Joon Ho; Jin Won Han Directed by: Bong Joon Ho I don't know why, or how, I have never seen a Bong Joon Ho movie before now. The South Korean filmmaker is one of those major voices of world cinema that's hard to ignore. Yet here I am, crawling … Continue reading Parasite

Jojo Rabbit

Release: Friday, November 8, 2018 →Theater Written by: Taika Waititi Directed by: Taika Waititi New Zealand writer/director Taika Waititi has always been the magic elixir to make things better. Viago the vampire was one of my favorite characters in the frightfully funny comedy What We Do in the Shadows (2015). In 2017 he gave the MCU a whack of … Continue reading Jojo Rabbit

The Lighthouse

Release: Friday, October 18, 2019 →Theater Written by: Max Eggers; Robert Eggers Directed by: Robert Eggers In 2016 Robert Eggers transitioned from production designer to director. Even then it was clear he was a filmmaker with uncommon confidence and intelligence, concocting a truly unsettling period piece in the supernatural horror The Witch. His experiences designing the look and … Continue reading The Lighthouse

Dolemite is My Name

Release: Friday, October 4, 2019 (limited) →Netflix Written by: Scott Alexander; Larry Karaszewski Directed by: Craig Brewer The way Craig Brewer captures the response to Dolemite, the movie-within-his-movie and at least part of its raison d'être, is so warm and uplifting. Yet it's also quaint if considering today's cinematic landscape. Cynics like me are tempted to dismiss the ending as … Continue reading Dolemite is My Name

Fractured

Release: Friday, October 11, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Alan B. McElroy Directed by: Brad Anderson There's something inherently off-putting about hospitals and treatment centers. Anyone who has spent some time in them (not to mention contend with their bureaucratic ways) can attest to just how much stress they can bring out in a person. They might even … Continue reading Fractured

Little Monsters

Release: Friday, October 11, 2019 (Hulu) →Hulu Written by: Abe Forsythe Directed by: Abe Forsythe With the horror-comedy Little Monsters, Australian director and actor Abe Forsythe is empowering teachers and children alike, arming them with brains and bravery as they try to survive hordes of flesh-eating zombies -- the slow kind, not the fast kind. It's a really admirable … Continue reading Little Monsters

In the Tall Grass

Release: Friday, October 4, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Vincenzo Natali Directed by: Vincenzo Natali Last year Netflix inadvertently triggered the Bird Box Challenge, which set a new standard for stupidity when it comes to audience interaction/reaction. This year it's given us another curio ripe for parody in the form of Vincenzo Natali's In the Tall Grass. A horror film … Continue reading In the Tall Grass