Year in Review: 2018 on Thomas J! (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 2, we finish up the year (July thru December) in movie reviews, my seventh (technically sixth full-year) since first joining WordPress back in 2011. (Click here or just scroll your happy self to the bottom of this post if you missed Part 1!) The back half of 2018 found Thomas J putting up … Continue reading Year in Review: 2018 on Thomas J! (Part 2 of 2)

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Year in Review: 2018 on Thomas J! (Part 1 of 2)

It has been some time since I went overboard and put together one of these long-winded end-of-year summaries; I think the last time I did anything like this was when I last "hosted" my own little version of the Academy Awards presentation -- circa 2016, I think? Long-time readers remember this annual feature as The … Continue reading Year in Review: 2018 on Thomas J! (Part 1 of 2)

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

Free Solo

Release: Friday, September 28, 2018 →Theater Directed by: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi; Jimmy Chin Alex Honnold is a professional rock climber who occupies a very obscure niche within the rock climbing community. As a free soloist responsible for some of the world's most death-defying ascents sans a rope and any protective gear, he is most alive when climbing … Continue reading Free Solo

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Release: Friday, November 9, 2018  →Theater Written by: Jay Basu, Fede Álvarez; Steven Knight Directed by: Fede Álvarez 2018 has been a productive year for Claire Foy, star of Fede Álvarez's gritty, Scandinavian-set crime thriller The Girl in the Spider's Web. In the span of nine months the British actress, perhaps most recognized as Queen Elizabeth II in … Continue reading The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Avery

Release: Thursday, November 15, 2018 →Starbucks/my house Written by: fate, apparently Directed by: meteorological patterns, a.k.a. Winter Storm Avery Avery is a little independent drama that showed up in northeastern New Jersey/Pennsylvania, seemingly out of nowhere. With the potential to drop anything from 4 to 7 inches of early-season crud as well as freezing rain/ice accumulations … Continue reading Avery

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Release: Friday, October 19, 2018 (limited)  →Theater Written by:  Nicole Holofcener; Jeff Whitty Directed by: Marielle Heller Can You Ever Forgive Me? reflects on the life and crimes of Leonore Carol Israel, a Brooklyn-based journalist who, despite making an honest living in the 1970s and '80s writing biographies of high-profile women, one time even landing on the New … Continue reading Can You Ever Forgive Me?