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 climbingContinue reading “Free Solo”

Swiss Army Man

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Dan Kwan; Daniel Sheinert Directed by: Dan Kwan; Daniel Sheinert There are some movies that just simply take your breath away. Ones where you’ll remember what theater you saw it in, where you were sitting, how many people were in there with you when you experienced THIS movie. Swiss ArmyContinue reading “Swiss Army Man”

The Shallows

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Anthony Jaswinski Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra  Blake Lively vs. Huge Shark: The Movie is a pretty sweet little thriller, a self-contained enterprise that seeks to unnerve rather than terrify by tapping into human’s innate fear of deepwater-dwelling beasts like great whites (not to mention horrifyingly large jellyfish). Jaume Collet-Serra’s tropical-set horror/thrillerContinue reading “The Shallows”

The Revenant

Release: Friday, January 8, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Alejandro González Iñárritu; Mark L. Smith Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu There are some things in The Revenant that you can’t un-see. Like the bloody confrontation between the Arikara tribe and Captain Andrew Henry’s men in the very first scene. Or a human body torn apart by monstrous bear claws. These moments transcend shockContinue reading “The Revenant”

The Road Within

Release: Friday, April 17, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Gren Wells Directed by: Gren Wells The Road Within is far from a realistic take on how mental illness affects one’s ability to socially interact but I’d be lying if I said it isn’t incredibly uplifting and heartwarming. Gren Wells has created a wonderful pick-me-up and that’s all youContinue reading “The Road Within”

Everest

Release: Friday, September 18, 2015 [Theater] Written by: William Nicholson; Simon Beaufoy Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur There are a great many A-list names attached to this cinematic treatment of a particularly dark chapter in the history of Mt. Everest, yet the only one that really matters is the one given to the mountain. As a climber forebodingly notesContinue reading “Everest”

TBT: Stand By Me (1986)

So since I couldn’t get my act together and decide on a theme for this month’s TBT reviews, we’re going to have another one of those random picks months, and that’s okay I guess because it’s only September. Plenty of time before the year’s out to make good on coming up with a scheduled listContinue reading “TBT: Stand By Me (1986)”

Wild

Release: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Nick Hornby  Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée  In Wild Reese Witherspoon is desperate to escape her home life. Does she succeed? I could spoil the movie right from the get-go and answer that question but I actually do have a heart, so I won’t. (Plus, I’m fairly sure anyone shouldContinue reading “Wild”

TBT: The Descent (2006)

There is no shortage of horrors I could have/might have gone with here. But I decided to ultimately pick something a bit more. . .random out of the hat, as I think more obvious choices like Halloween, or Psycho, or even Friday the 13th would be a little more difficult to say something original about.Continue reading “TBT: The Descent (2006)”

TBT: Hiking in the Cascades (2009)

The first Thursday in September is here at our doorsteps and here I am with my hands in my pockets in terms of coming up with a new concept for TBT. Well, actually, I’m feeling a little itch to do something different. I’ve been toying with the notion of promoting this video that I made for aContinue reading “TBT: Hiking in the Cascades (2009)”