Janis: Little Girl Blue

Release: Friday, November 27, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Amy J. Berg Directed by: Amy J. Berg Janis: Little Girl Blue isn’t the whole puzzle but it offers up a lot of significant pieces in its exploration of the life of iconic blues rocker Janis Joplin. The account offers a celebration of a life cut tragically short,Continue reading “Janis: Little Girl Blue”

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Release: Friday, June 3, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Akiva Schaffer; Jorma Taccone; Andy Samberg Directed by: Akiva Schaffer; Jorma Taccone  Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping represents the strongest extended skit Andy Samberg has developed since his SNL days. Despite the contrived manner in which conflict is resolved, Popstar stays fresh, rarely succumbing to its own silliness as it takes aim at theContinue reading “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”

Paul G — #4

Last time we were here, Paul had plunged himself into a truly despicable role as a slave trader in Louisiana who played a fundamental role in the fate of Solomon Northup, a free man abducted in Washington D.C. to be sold into slavery in the south, where he’d remain for 12 years. Given that we’veContinue reading “Paul G — #4”

Straight Outta Compton

Release: Friday, August 14, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Jonathan Herman; Andrea Berloff Directed by: F. Gary Gray F. Gary Gray’s first directorial outing in six years debuted last weekend to the most successful opening for a musical biopic in cinematic history. Ignoring the 20 years that have elapsed since the tragic passing of N.W.A founder Eazy-E the occasion mightContinue reading “Straight Outta Compton”

Love & Mercy

Release: Friday, June 5, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Oren Moverman; Michael Alan Lerner Directed by: Bill Pohlad Capturing the life of one of rock’n roll’s most luminous figures in The Beach Boys’ very own Brian Wilson poses obvious challenges. Painting broad strokes risks missing all those curious little imperfections, while delving into a day-in-the-life could yield a movie soContinue reading “Love & Mercy”

Frank

Release: Friday, September 5, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Jon Ronson; Peter Straughan Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson Any film that strives to turn Domhnall Gleeson into a thoroughly unlikable character is one I’m uncomfortable watching. Frank is just such a film. Focusing on an aspiring musician who stumbles upon an eccentric pop band with an unpronounceable name (they call themselvesContinue reading “Frank”

Danny Collins

Release: Friday, April 10, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Dan Fogelman Directed by: Dan Fogelman Perspective is a tool we come to wield better with age.  As months beget years and years decades, we can look back and reconsider things we could have or shouldn’t have done. I’d like to not put too fine a point on it byContinue reading “Danny Collins”

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”