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”

Trash Fire

Release: Friday, November 4, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Richard Bates Jr. Directed by: Richard Bates Jr. Richard Bates Jr’s third film revolves around a family you’ll be glad you’re not a part of. That might be the understatement of the year. You’ve never seen family dysfunction like this, unless of course you have seen Psycho. Not that I’mContinue reading “Trash Fire”

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

Release: Friday, June 12, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Jesse Andrews Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon I’d like to dedicate this piece to my good friend Andy, a man of rare intelligence and passion for rock climbing that the Knoxville community and the world at large lost far too soon. Me & Earl & the Dying Girl may be unafraid of confrontingContinue reading “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl”

The Theory of Everything

Release: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Anthony McCarten  Directed by: James Marsh If you want to talk ambition, meet British director James Marsh. He once thought it realistic to stuff everything Stephen Hawking-related into a two-hour romantic drama. There are obvious issues with such a strategy. Not so obvious perhaps are the compromises he’s made in producing something worth watching. Or, maybe theyContinue reading “The Theory of Everything”

Blackfish

Release: Saturday, January 19, 2013 (limited) [Theater] Somehow, that scene towards the end of Free Willy, where the captive orca soars through the air over Jesse and over the rocky causeway in a single symbolic act of escaping to freedom — yeah, that doesn’t seem so moving anymore having sat through a documentary about the inhumane treatmentContinue reading “Blackfish”