Top That! My Ten Favorite Films of 2019

It’s Oscar weekend, so I figured now is as good a time as any to announce my ten favorite movies of 2019. There’s not a whole lot of science that goes into my process; it’s mostly gut feeling that determines what goes into this list and how I’m arranging it. The emotional response is theContinue reading “Top That! My Ten Favorite Films of 2019”

Just a Quick Thought: Remembering Kobe Bryant

Sunday, January 26, 2020 has proven to be an extraordinarily difficult and surreal day for hoops and sports fans in general. I’d like to pause my movie reviewing for a second to remember basketball player Kobe Bean Bryant, who passed away a day after Lebron James, currently of the Los Angeles Lakers, passed him forContinue reading “Just a Quick Thought: Remembering Kobe Bryant”

30 for 30: Rodman: For Better or Worse

Release: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 (ESPN) →ESPN  Directed by: Todd Kapostasy Love him, hate him or indifferent to him you can’t really get away with saying you don’t know who Dennis Rodman is. Few American athletes have received the attention that the former so-called “Bad Boy” has. How much of that has been self-inflicted andContinue reading “30 for 30: Rodman: For Better or Worse”

Mission of Honor (Hurricane)

Release: Friday, March 15, 2019  →Netflix Written by: Robert Ryan; Alastair Galbraith Directed by: David Blair David Blair’s World War II film arrived on American shores earlier this year as Mission of Honor. It was originally titled Hurricane. Just to be clear this is not an account of violent weather but instead one of heroic actions taken by aContinue reading “Mission of Honor (Hurricane)”

Paddleton

Release: Friday, February 22, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix  Written by: Mark Duplass; Alex Lehmann Directed by: Alex Lehmann It’s not often that the Duplass brothers make a heavy movie. Darting in and out of the so-called mumblecore scene and playing with time in pleasantly nostalgic trips down memory lane (Blue Jay) or lurching ahead into the future with spiritedContinue reading “Paddleton”

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Release: Friday, May 3, 2019 (limited)  →Netflix Written by: Michael Werwie Directed by: Joe Berlinger Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile may appear on the surface as a redundant exercise. Do we really need another take on the American nightmare that was Ted Bundy? Like it or not we have come to know the man behind atContinue reading “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

30 for 30: Seau

Release: Friday, September 21, 2018 (ESPN) →ESPN Directed by: Kirby Bradley When ESPN Films announced they would be making a documentary about Junior Seau, the megastar linebacker who played for over a decade for the San Diego Chargers and who tragically took his own life in 2012, I figured pretty much right then and thereContinue reading “30 for 30: Seau”

Beautiful Boy

Release: Friday, October 12, 2018 (limited) →Theater Written by: Luke Davies; Felix van Groeningen Directed by: Felix van Groeningen I think it is important to note how specific an experience Beautiful Boy describes. Closing titles reveal some alarming statistics about the pervasiveness of drug abuse in America but the film does not presume to speak for everyone. This is aboutContinue reading “Beautiful Boy”

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Release: Friday, October 19, 2018 (limited)  →Theater Written by:  Nicole Holofcener; Jeff Whitty Directed by: Marielle Heller Can You Ever Forgive Me? reflects on the life and crimes of Leonore Carol Israel, a Brooklyn-based journalist who, despite making an honest living in the 1970s and ’80s writing biographies of high-profile women, one time even landing on the NewContinue reading “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

A Star is Born (2018)

Release: Friday, October 5, 2018 →Theater Written by: Eric Roth; Bradley Cooper; Will Fetters Directed by: Bradley Cooper Bradley Cooper has been a star for some time, but alongside the inimitable pop star Lady Gaga he seems to burn even brighter. Legitimately honing another craft within the framework of one of his best acting showcases to date, Cooper,Continue reading “A Star is Born (2018)”