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 whoContinue reading “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

La La Land

Release: Friday, December 9, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Damien Chazelle  Directed by: Damien Chazelle  Damien Chazelle’s critically-acclaimed modern musical is being hailed as one of the most original movies in years. That’s not surprising given the cinematic environment into which it has been born. It’s hard not to appreciate the oasis in a sprawling desert. While DisneyContinue reading “La La Land”

Moana

Release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jared Bush Directed by: Ron Clements; John Musker; Don Hall; Chris Williams Moana might just be Frozen‘s spiritual, tropical sequel. But to be honest, I’m only just guessing that — I never saw Frozen. Couldn’t stand the hype. When hype for a film made by a film company I generallyContinue reading “Moana”

A Very Murray Christmas

Release: Friday, December 4, 2015 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Sophia Coppola; Mitch Glazer; Bill Murray Directed by: Sophia Coppola A Very Murray Christmas is kind of an odd package. It’s a fairly self-indulgent vanity project but only in the best way possible. I mean, how do you say ‘no’ to Bill Murray? It’s a movie but not aContinue reading “A Very Murray Christmas”

Decades Blogathon – A Night at the Opera (1935)

The fifth day of the Decades Blogathon, being hosted by Mark of Three Rows Back and yours truly here at DSB, gives you a review from James, who runs the fantastic Back to the Viewer which you need to browse over if you haven’t before. James is taking a look at the 1935 comedy/musical AContinue reading “Decades Blogathon – A Night at the Opera (1935)”

Decades Blogathon – Tommy (1975)

Hello all, for the second entry I’d like to introduce Carly Booth of Carly Hearts Movies. She decided to take a look at a 1975 picture that I personally have never heard of. It’s called Tommy. Check out her review below and please give her site a look! Thank you Carly! Directed by: Ken RussellContinue reading “Decades Blogathon – Tommy (1975)”

Whiplash

Release: Friday, October 10, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Damien Chazelle  Directed by: Damien Chazelle I know that Terence Fletcher wouldn’t give a rat’s you-know-what about any kind of critique of his performance or his teaching methods. So we’ll keep this between us, okay? I don’t want a chair thrown at me, thank you very much. In this surprisinglyContinue reading “Whiplash”

Begin Again

Release: Friday, June 27, 2014 (limited) [Theater] A disgraced record label executive has a chance run-in with a down-on-her-luck musician at a bar and the two forge a friendship that inspires more than great music — it reinvigorates one another’s thirst for life. The Hulk takes a chill pill as Mark Ruffalo fits himself back into aContinue reading “Begin Again”

Breathe In

Release: Friday, March 28, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Watching a film like the claustrophobically personal yet largely insignificant Breathe In is the same experience I get going into art museums and being told a painting of a horse is worth $3 million. I can appreciate the view, but what is there to understand? It’s a picture of a horse. ThisContinue reading “Breathe In”

Inside Llewyn Davis

Release: Friday, December 6, 2013 [Theater] “A folk singer with a cat. Is that part of your act? Every time you hit a C-major, does he puke a hairball?” For whatever it’s worth, this line delivered by John Goodman’s character was intended to hurt Llewyn Davis’ feelings, not the cat’s. I suppose if the poor felineContinue reading “Inside Llewyn Davis”