July Blindspot: Swingers (1996)

Release: Friday, October 18, 1996 →YouTube Written by: Jon Favreau Directed by: Doug Liman It is all too easy to assume certain things about a movie titled Swingers. Oh, how does that expression go? The project that launched the careers of both its leads as well as the director is, yes, very much a “dude-flick” preoccupied with the pursuitContinue reading “July Blindspot: Swingers (1996)”

Dream Theater’s The Astonishing — Live

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark hosted Dream Theater for ‘An Evening With’ as the progressive-metal giants played in its entirety their brand new album, the sprawling odyssey that is The Astonishing — an epic tale of betrayal, loss, hope and redemption set in a dystopian future circa 2285 in anContinue reading “Dream Theater’s The Astonishing — Live”

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”

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Release: Friday, August 19, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Directed by: Justin Krook I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, not to be confused with Mike Hodges’ British crime thriller starring Clive Owen, is a globetrotting documentary following around popular EDM deejay Steve Aoki as he prepares for the biggest show of his career. It promises a unique look at a uniqueContinue reading “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”

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”

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”

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”