Annihilation

Release: Friday, February 23, 2018 →Theater Written by: Alex Garland Directed by: Alex Garland Annihilation is the reason for many things. It is the reason why science fiction is my cinematic genre of choice — there is something thrilling about breaking the rules and getting away with it, and here is a world in which the laws ofContinue reading “Annihilation”

Life

Release: Friday, March 24, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Rhett Reese; Paul Wernick Directed by: Daniel Espinosa I love how nihilistic Life turns out to be and the irony of it being so totally NOT life-affirming. While the characters in Daniel Espinosa’s zero-gravity-set thriller often demonstrate a lack of tact and intelligence, their incompetency only serves to underscore the arrogance of manContinue reading “Life”

Before the Flood

Release: Friday, October 21, 2016 (limited) [YouTube] Written by: Mark Monroe Directed by: Fisher Stevens Oscar-winning documentarian Fisher Stevens won’t change the world with his ambitious but overly familiar and ultimately underwhelming examination of man’s impact on the global environment, but his efforts aren’t completely in vain. Before the Flood uses the immense popularity of bonafide Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprioContinue reading “Before the Flood”

Paul G — #8

Last time we were here, Paul had turned to the dark side in the animated wonder The Little Prince, playing the part of a harsh(ly shaped) Academy instructor who enjoyed scaring children into becoming workaholic machines. This month let’s turn our attention to . . . well, another role in which he’s playing a rather confrontingContinue reading “Paul G — #8”

Sully

Release: Friday, September 9, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Todd Komarnicki Directed by: Clint Eastwood The Miracle on the Hudson is a perfect fit for good ole Clint Eastwood’s fascination with heroism and how Americans celebrate heroes. The story of how a commercial airline pilot managed to improvise an emergency water landing in the Hudson River mere minutes after takeoff fromContinue reading “Sully”

Bølgen (The Wave)

Release: Friday, August 28, 2015  [Redbox] Written by: John Kåre Raake; Harald Rosenløw-Eeg Directed by: Roar Uthaug Norway’s official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards failed to garner a nomination. While I would like to say it was their loss for turning away a disaster film that puts mostContinue reading “Bølgen (The Wave)”

TBT: Unforgiven (1992)

Thursdays come around pretty quickly, do they not? It seems only yesterday I was babbling on excessively about Chinatown and now, here we are, forging new frontiers yet again in October. This month is shaping up to be one of the most eclectic groups of films I’ve yet had on this blog, which is kindContinue reading “TBT: Unforgiven (1992)”

Creep

Release: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: Patrick Brice; Mark Duplass Directed by: Patrick Brice Creep is Brice’s directorial debut, pairing the writer-director with master of strange Mark Duplass of mostly independent film fame. As with his sophomore effort The Overnight the less I mumble on, the higher Creep‘s potential to surprise becomes. And if I’m not justContinue reading “Creep”

The Babadook

Release: Friday, November 28, 2014 (limited)  [Redbox] Written by: Jennifer Kent Directed by: Jennifer Kent It’s official. I’m in love with horror once again. It’s some kind of feat the hype surrounding Jennifer Kent’s much-acclaimed horror film has gotten to the point where it feels like watching the ‘scariest film in years’ this far into 2015 is, yeah, a little likeContinue reading “The Babadook”

A Most Wanted Man

Release: Friday, July 25, 2014 (limited) [Theater] As all good things must, even A Most Wanted Man comes to an end. And it’s going to take everything in my power to remain on the conservative side here, what with a possible capstone performance to mark the end of a career as towering as Philip Seymour Hoffman’s. TrustContinue reading “A Most Wanted Man”