The Scarlett Johansson Project — #5

Another new movie experience and another lesson learned. The one we have to talk about this month has become something of a cult classic since its release nearly two decades ago. I can see how it has earned that reputation. It’s a very well-made movie, a realistic take on teen alienation that comes with a pricklyContinue reading “The Scarlett Johansson Project — #5”

King Jack

Release: Friday, June 10, 2016 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by: Felix Thompson Directed by: Felix Thompson Writer-director Felix Thompson’s first feature King Jack is a prickly little 81-minute production that shuffles through a nameless, shambling suburban block somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Rather than offering anything in the way of a traditional narrative, it provides a window into the life of a youngContinue reading “King Jack”

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 notContinue reading “Nerve”

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Release: Friday, October 30, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Christopher Landon; Carrie Evans; Emi Mochizuki Directed by: Christopher Landon Where will you be when the apocalypse happens? With any luck, within reach of your trusty Swiss Army Knife! Yes, I saw this film and yes I chose to watch it in a theater. Now that you’re doubting my credibility, I’llContinue reading “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse”

Some Kind of Hate

Release: Friday, September 18, 2015 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Adam Egypt Mortimer; Brian DeLeeuw Directed by: Adam Egypt Mortimer This review is my fifth contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. A big thanks to James for hooking this one up! Adam Egypt Mortimer takes a stand against bullying in his feature film debut. The irony is heContinue reading “Some Kind of Hate”

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Release: Friday, September 18, 2015 [Theater] Written by: T.S. Nowlin Directed by: Wes Ball All this running and what, no exhaustion? One would think these kids were all born Olympians but in the interest of staying alive, I suppose running is what one must do. Wouldn’t it be funny though if Thomas just suddenly stopped in his tracksContinue reading “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”

TBT: Superbad (2007)

Time to break out your favorite JanSport backpack, No.2 pencils and loose leaf notebook paper boys and girls, because it’s once again time to go back to hell school in this second edition of Throwback to School September. (Catchy phrase, right?) Fortunately in this world, all you’ll really need is a backpack to throw inContinue reading “TBT: Superbad (2007)”

Grandma

Release: Friday, August 21, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Paul Weitz Directed by: Paul Weitz Grandma is a misleading title for a film dealing with taboos such as teen pregnancy and abortion. Presenting a thoroughly convincing conundrum in which a young girl turns to her unstable grandmother following a one-night stand that causes her to become pregnant, Paul Weitz’s latest deflects accusationsContinue reading “Grandma”

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Release: Friday, August 7, 2015 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Marielle Heller Directed by: Marielle Heller If there was a film this year that epitomized the expression ‘don’t judge a book by its cover,’ uh . . . yeah, this is it. In hindsight the suspect title is rather ingenious. ‘Teenage’ is certainly specific, and so is ‘the diary’ for that matter.Continue reading “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”

It Follows

Release: Friday, March 13, 2015 [Theater] Written by: David Robert Mitchell Directed by: David Robert Mitchell Subtly unsettling and certainly spooky the unseen, inexplicable threat at the heart of It Follows is not likely to strike you right away, but if you let it that paranoid feeling will eventually find you. David Robert Mitchell has come up with aContinue reading “It Follows”