Special Correspondents

Release: Friday, April 29, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Ricky Gervais Directed by: Ricky Gervais  I’m suspicious of any movie that literally ends with the line “This is like the end of a movie.” While exemplary of the meta flavor of comedy that’s been en vogue since at least the mid-2000s, that line is also symptomatic of aContinue reading “Special Correspondents”

Self/less

Release: Friday, July 10, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Àlex and David Pastor Directed by: Tarsem Singh A talented cast can’t save Self/less from selfishly wasting its potential on a narrative utterly disinterested in entertaining. Ben Kingsley is Damian Hale, a billionaire with an atrocious accent slowly succumbing to cancer. He knows of a super-duper top-secret experiment where people (presumably only thoseContinue reading “Self/less”

Park City

Release: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (limited) [iTunes] Written by: Hannah Rosner; Julia Turner Directed by: Hannah Rosner Undoubtedly best viewed through the eyes of a filmmaker, Hannah Rosner’s mockumentary offers up a fairly fun adventure for those curious about behind-the-scenes action in the life of an aspiring indie film crew. A mostly satisfying blend of documentary-style intimacy and mumblecoreContinue reading “Park City”

Fury

Release: Friday, October 17, 2014 [Theater] Written by: David Ayer Directed by: David Ayer There’s no such thing as a politically-neutral war film. That’s why David Ayer (End of Watch; Sabotage) should be praised for focusing not on the ideals and goals of war but rather its consequences. In his film there is a whole lot of loss and not aContinue reading “Fury”

Third Person

Release: Friday, June 20, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Putting it mildly, Third Person is a rather luke-warm rumination on romance whose title feels fairly appropriate considering how much the content likes to emotionally strand the viewer for over two painfully long hours. In fact the lethargic pace is such that it’s easy to get the impression the director really doesn’tContinue reading “Third Person”

TBT: Blades of Glory (2007)

And I guess we are going to switch tones here quickly, by choosing a comedy vehicle for Mr. Will Ferrell for this Thursday. A comedy that has blades. Because that is really the only thing I can say about it that’s mostly positive and truthful; or I could lie and say something really cheesy, like.Continue reading “TBT: Blades of Glory (2007)”

The Monuments Men

Release: Friday, February 7, 2014 [Theater] Hollywood’s golden boy, the man who no one thinks will actually age is not only going grey, he’s becoming uninteresting. His latest directorial effort fails as a historical work of art, but succeeds in the extreme in showcasing A-list celeb vapidity. I’ve never been the biggest sucker for the handsomeContinue reading “The Monuments Men”