The Ice Road

Release: Sunday, June 25, 2021 (Netflix) 👀 Netflix Written by: Jonathan Hensleigh Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh Starring: Liam Neeson; Laurence Fishburne; Marcus Thomas; Amber Midthunder; Benjamin Walker   **/***** Though Liam Neeson’s latest thriller The Ice Road may be out of season for those of us in the northern hemisphere, it lies smack in the middle of a prolific runContinue reading “The Ice Road”

Month in Review: October ’19

(Flicks a cockroach off keyboard) God! Leave me alone, Wounds!!!! October was certainly bloody and gutsy. I made a conscientious effort to increase the posting frequency while keeping the reviews tailored to the genres of horror/psychological thriller/gross-out (is that a genre? It feels like it should be a genre.) It was a risky approach, becauseContinue reading “Month in Review: October ’19”

The Cloverfield Paradox

Release: Sunday, February 4, 2018 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Oren Uziel Directed by: Julius Onah The Cloverfield Paradox, a surprise addition to the Cloverfield collection which debuted on the heels of Super Bowl LII, is itself an experiential paradox. How did I just sacrifice an hour and forty-five minutes of my time and yet feel like I watched nothingContinue reading “The Cloverfield Paradox”

The Belko Experiment

Release: Friday, March 17, 2017 [Theater] Written by: James Gunn Directed by: Greg McLean Office workers at a mysterious nonprofit organization on the outskirts of the Colombian capital of Bogotá participate, let’s call it reluctantly, in a twisted social experiment wherein they must murder a certain number of their colleagues within a certain timeframe or else everyone in the building goesContinue reading “The Belko Experiment”

Inferno

Release: Friday, October 28, 2016 [Theater] Written by: David Koepp Directed by: Ron Howard Ron Howard is a fairly prolific filmmaker, having maintained a schedule of roughly a film every two years throughout a 40-plus-year long directorial career. He’s not quite Woody Allen but his oeuvre is extensive enough to suggest the guy just likes staying busy, and it certainlyContinue reading “Inferno”

Pod

Release: Friday, August 28, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: Mickey Keating Directed by: Mickey Keating The tradeoff for watching a movie as pointless as Pod is it won’t be very taxing on your daily schedule. A scant hour-and-fifteen-minutes long, this half-baked story struggles to justify the full-length feature treatment and despite a few genuinely skin-crawling moments it fails to justifyContinue reading “Pod”

The Purge: Election Year

Release: Friday, July 1, 2016 [Theater] Written by: James DeMonaco Directed by: James DeMonaco I am convinced the French marketing for the third Purge film (see above) is the most responsible form of it we have. The Purge: Election Year manages to be as inane as it looks and here is a movie poster that pulls no punches whenContinue reading “The Purge: Election Year”

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 comesContinue reading “Spectre”

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”

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”