The World to Come

Released: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 (VOD)  👀 Sundance 2021 Premiere  Written by: Jim Shepard; Ron Hansen  Directed by: Mona Fastvold  Starring: Katherine Waterston; Vanessa Kirby; Christopher Abbot; Casey Affleck   ***/***** Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come, a beguiling romance set on the American frontier, is often literally perched on the edge of light and dark. Though itsContinue reading “The World to Come”

Short, Sweet and Screamy: “Huluween” Reviews

There’s no denying short films have gotten short shrift on Thomas J. I’ve got a few stashed away here and there (and here, too) but the overwhelming majority of my total output has been focused on feature-length productions. And why not? It’s very difficult to review a short film and not spoil it! I’ve beenContinue reading “Short, Sweet and Screamy: “Huluween” Reviews”

Assassination Nation

Release: Friday, September 21, 2018 →Theater Written by: Sam Levinson Directed by: Sam Levinson With a title like Assassination Nation, you probably shouldn’t go in expecting a film of subtlety and nuance, and that is exactly what you do not get in director Sam Levinson’s sophomore feature. In fact, a lack of subtlety and nuance is theContinue reading “Assassination Nation”

Three Identical Strangers

Release: Friday, June 29, 2018 (limited) →Theater Directed by: Tim Wardle Significant spoilers follow. Documentarian Tim Wardle stunned the Sundance crowd earlier this year when he premiered Three Identical Strangers, the remarkable true story of a set of triplets separated at birth who by sheer chance were reunited at the age of 19. Call it one ofContinue reading “Three Identical Strangers”

Brigsby Bear

Release: Friday, July 28, 2017 (limited)  →Theater Written by: Kevin Costello; Kyle Mooney Directed by: Dave McCary  THIS REVIEW INCLUDES DETAILS THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED SPOILERS Like last year’s gloriously weird Swiss Army Man, Brigsby Bear is a film guided by its own compass. Granted, not a penis, but rather the element of human empathy and compassion. It’s one ofContinue reading “Brigsby Bear”

Wiener-Dog

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Todd Solondz Directed by: Todd Solondz This review is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. Please feel free to leave a comment here or on the original article. Thanks as always for featuring me, James!  Wiener-Dog is a tough film to like. You certainly can’t, or maybeContinue reading “Wiener-Dog”

The Birth of a Nation

Release: Friday, October 7, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Nate Parker Directed by: Nate Parker It’s all but inevitable making comparisons between Steve McQueen’s 2013 Oscar-winning adaptation of Solomon Northup’s memoir and the debut feature from Nate Parker. Some have even gone as far as to regard the latter’s work as the 12 Years a Slave of 2016, which,Continue reading “The Birth of a Nation”

Swiss Army Man

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Dan Kwan; Daniel Sheinert Directed by: Dan Kwan; Daniel Sheinert There are some movies that just simply take your breath away. Ones where you’ll remember what theater you saw it in, where you were sitting, how many people were in there with you when you experienced THIS movie. Swiss ArmyContinue reading “Swiss Army Man”

Finders Keepers

Release: Friday, September 25, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Directed by: Bryan Carberry; J. Clay Tweel A man wakes up. Man goes to a local auction at an abandoned storage unit; places the highest bid on a smoker. Man opens up said grill only to find part of another man’s leg inside, as if waiting to be barbecued. ManContinue reading “Finders Keepers”

3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets

Release: Friday, June 19, 2015 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Marc Silver Directed by: Marc Silver This review marks my first contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings, which I am happy to announce will be an ongoing process where I will publish a review or two each month. I’d like to thank James for this opportunity and for introducingContinue reading “3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets”