The Dawn Wall

Release: Friday, September 14, 2018 (limited) →Netflix Directed by: Josh Lowell; Peter Mortimer Generally speaking, if you want climbing films done right, you turn to the Lowell brothers. In 1997 Josh and Brett Lowell co-founded Big UP Productions, and over the last two decades have documented some of the most stunning climbing achievements across the globe, even … Continue reading The Dawn Wall

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Top That! My Ten Favorite Films of 2018 (plus something extra!)

So it has been at least a year since I came up with one of these, but there has never been a better time than now, after another Oscars has come and gone. 2018 was a slower year for me in terms of movie consumption and posting, with 32 reviews total, including two 30 for … Continue reading Top That! My Ten Favorite Films of 2018 (plus something extra!)

Stan & Ollie

Release: Friday, December 28, 2018 (limited) →Theater Written by: Jeff Pope Directed by: Jon S. Baird Unlike the lengthy run the real-life subjects enjoyed in their careers, director Jon S. Baird's passion project Stan & Ollie seems over before it has even begun. This isn't me knocking the film for being slight, but because I enjoyed each precious minute like … Continue reading Stan & Ollie

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Release: Friday, November 9, 2018 (limited)  →Netflix Written by: Joel Coen; Ethan Coen  Directed by: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen For a fleeting moment The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the new Coen brothers film -- a big shiny red apple waiting to be plucked from the ever-growing Netflix tree -- was also available for more traditional consumption in theaters. But who … Continue reading The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Mule

Release: Friday, December 14, 2018 →Theater Written by: Sam Dolnick; Nick Schenk Directed by: Clint Eastwood The Mule marks the 37th time Clint Eastwood has directed a movie. Remember that the next time you go out for Trivia Night. From The Eiger Sanction (1975) to his Best Picture-winning western Unforgiven (1992); Mystic River (2003) to Gran Torino (2008), the man has … Continue reading The Mule

Mock and Roll

Release: Friday, November 30, 2018 (watch now on Amazon Prime)  →Vimeo  Written by: Ben Bacharach-White; Mark Stewart Directed by: Ben Bacharach-White You don't need to be a groupie to join in on the fun in Mock and Roll, a low-budget yet high-spirited independent film representing the Columbus, Ohio underground filmmaking scene and styled as a mockumentary that follows … Continue reading Mock and Roll

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Release: Friday, December 14, 2018 →Theater Written by: Phil Lord; Rodney Rothman Directed by: Bob Persichetti; Peter Ramsey; Rodney Rothman A Review from the Perspective of a Spider-Newb A cornucopia of visual delights that rivals the best of Pixar and Studio Ghibli, two of the giants in the world of animation, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has taken Sony Pictures … Continue reading Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Beautiful Boy

Release: Friday, October 12, 2018 (limited) →Theater Written by: Luke Davies; Felix van Groeningen Directed by: Felix van Groeningen I think it is important to note how specific an experience Beautiful Boy describes. Closing titles reveal some alarming statistics about the pervasiveness of drug abuse in America but the film does not presume to speak for everyone. This is about … Continue reading Beautiful Boy