Month in Review: October ’18

To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts and to help distance this site from the one of old, I’m installing this monthly post where I summarize the previous month’s activity in a wraparound that will hopefully give people the chance to go back and find stuff they might have missed, as wellContinue reading “Month in Review: October ’18”

First Man

Release: Friday, October 12, 2018 →IMAX Written by: Josh Singer Directed by: Damien Chazelle While First Man is only a small step into a different genre for director Damien Chazelle, the way he tells the story of the Moon landing may well represent a giant leap for fans of his previous, more emotionally-driven work. The historical reenactment is unchartedContinue reading “First Man”

Blade Runner 2049

Release: Friday, October 6, 2017 →Theater Written by: Hampton Fancher; Michael Green Directed by: Denis Villeneuve Denis Villeneuve proves himself a worthy heir to Ridley Scott with his hauntingly beautiful and poetically told Blade Runner 2049, a narratively and emotionally satisfying expansion of Scott’s 1982 classic. It proposes an even darker version of an already grim future realityContinue reading “Blade Runner 2049”

#OscarsQuiteUnpredictable

Steve Harvey reaching out to Warren Beatty after he was involved in what has got to be the most embarrassing SNAFU in Oscars history — and possibly of the actor’s career — strikes me as humorous for some reason. I know it isn’t funny, but what if there really is some support group for this sortContinue reading “#OscarsQuiteUnpredictable”

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”

The Nice Guys

Release: Friday, May 20, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Shane Black; Anthony Bagarozzi Directed by: Shane Black Well, they’re not quite Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang but The Nice Guys squeak in at a close second, offering up liberal doses of hilarity and action that’s more fun than perhaps it ought to be. Which just leavesContinue reading “The Nice Guys”

The Big Short

Release: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Adam McKay; Charles Randolph  Directed by: Adam McKay When it was announced Adam McKay would be putting his comedic muse Will Ferrell in time out so he could make a film not only steeped in but specifically commenting on the 2008 financial crisis (and the events that precipitated it), I knewContinue reading “The Big Short”

Lost River

  Release: Friday, April 10, 2015 [Redbox] Written by: Ryan Gosling Directed by: Ryan Gosling On a scale of crypticness, Lost River sits right in between the obtuseness of garden variety Terrence Malick and Ryan Gosling’s second collaboration with Nicolas Winding Refn, though the distances are pretty great on either side. It doesn’t come close to even appearingContinue reading “Lost River”

The Guest

Release: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (limited) [Redbox] Written by:  Simon Barrett  Directed by: Adam Wingard British actor Dan Stevens elevates Adam Wingard’s thought-provoking and emotional mystery thriller to bloody awesome levels. Though The Guest isn’t exactly a title free from spoiler potential, you’d be hard-pressed to make accurate guesses as to what ultimately becomes of a familyContinue reading “The Guest”

Only God Forgives

Release: Friday, July 19, 2013 (limited) [Netflix] Ah, but does He forgive a movie like this? Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling again team up to put forth another noir-rich effort that skimps on dialogue — only this time it’s one that has left audiences scratching their heads rather than thoughtfully rubbing their chins. To beContinue reading “Only God Forgives”