Anomalisa

Release: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 (limited) [Redbox] Written by: Charlie Kaufman Directed by: Charlie Kaufman; Duke Johnson Someone please give Michael Stone a hug. I'm starting an online petition to see if we can get Michael Stone just one good hug, because he really, really, really, really, really needs one. Either him or writer-director Charlie Kaufman, I'm not sure … Continue reading Anomalisa

Sausage Party

Release: Friday, August 12, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Seth Rogen; Evan Goldberg; Kyle Hunter; Ariel Shaffir Directed by: Greg Tiernan; Conrad Vernon Sausage Party represents Seth Rogen's strongest screenwriting effort since Superbad. It's been even longer since he's been this charming in a lead role as well, and he plays a six-inch-long frankfurter. Or sausage, wiener, whatever. He's … Continue reading Sausage Party

Nerve

Release: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jessica Sharzer Directed by: Henry Joost; Ariel Shulman If you accept the dare to watch Nerve, understand a few conditions first: 1) this is a teen-centric, sexed-up adventure thriller set in the Twitter Age, thereby you are volunteering up brain cells you're never going to use again; 2) James Franco's not … Continue reading Nerve

The Neon Demon

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016  [Theater] Written by: Nicolas Winding Refn; Mary Laws; Polly Stenham Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn Elephant in the room: there are more lines of dialogue in Nicolas Winding Refn's new film than there were in his last. That wasn't enough to stop The Neon Demon from scoring Refn his second-straight booing at the Cannes … Continue reading The Neon Demon

Love

Release: Friday, October 30, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Gaspar Noé Directed by: Gaspar Noé French-Argentinian Gaspar Noé has chosen to follow up his "psychedelic melodrama" Enter the Void with a graphic examination of relationships driven by lust and jealousy, and while it is a warmer film than his previous efforts, Love is a far cry from feel-good and offers its … Continue reading Love

Spectre

Release: Friday, November 6, 2015 [Theater] Written by: John Logan; Neal Purvis; Robert Wade; Jez Butterworth Directed by: Sam Mendes Spectre, a proposition with so much weight and symbolism behind it it required four writers to collaborate on the story. Four writers means four times the quality, right? Right . . . ? After three years James Bond comes … Continue reading Spectre

Addicted to Fresno

Release: Friday, October 2, 2015 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Karey Dornetto Directed by: Jamie Babbit This review is my second contribution to Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings. I'd like to thank James for giving me the chance to take a peek at this one!  In her fifth feature film Jamie Babbit fixates upon life in a Californian town where nothing seems to … Continue reading Addicted to Fresno