Hell-Bent

Release: Monday, May 23, 2016 (YouTube) [YouTube] Written by: Shayne Kamat; Lorenzo Cabello Directed by: Foster Vernon The following piece is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings. Thank you James for giving me the chance to talk about this new film student production. Hell-Bent is clearly the product of film student passion and represents something … Continue reading Hell-Bent

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The Neon Demon

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016  [Theater] Written by: Nicolas Winding Refn; Mary Laws; Polly Stenham Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn Elephant in the room: there are more lines of dialogue in Nicolas Winding Refn's new film than there were in his last. That wasn't enough to stop The Neon Demon from scoring Refn his second-straight booing at the Cannes … Continue reading The Neon Demon

The Lobster

Release: Friday, May 13, 2016 (limited)  [Theater] Written by: Yorgos Lanthimos; Efthymis Filippou Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos Outré black comedy The Lobster might be likened to a religious experience for those looking for their fix of anti-Valentine's Day sentiments. If you look hard enough you  could even find enough evidence to validate its romance label as well, but it's so weird and so … Continue reading The Lobster

Keanu

Release: Friday, April 29, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jordan Peele; Alex Rubens Directed by: Peter Atencio The Cat in the Hat. Garfield. Sylvester. Mewtwo. Mr. Bigglesworth. Shere Khan. These are but a few of the world's most famous felines. You can go ahead and add Keanu to this prestigious list, because he's the best thing about a full-length movie that's kinda-sorta-but-not-really-at-all … Continue reading Keanu

Green Room

Release: Friday, April 29, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jeremy Saulnier Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier Jeremy Saulnier continues to polish the edges on his unique brand of filmmaking in 2016. Green Room is electrifying. It's intense. It's bloody. It's raw. It's wrong. But man, is it watchable. And I'm liking the theme here: last time it was Blue Ruin . . . now it's Green … Continue reading Green Room

Hardcore Henry

Release: Friday, April 8, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Ilya Naishuller Directed by: Ilya Naishuller Hardcore Henry isn't a film for the thinking man. That might even be obvious from the title, one that hints at a crude breed of action-thriller where people excessively swear, have lots of tattoos and women -- and innocent bystanders -- are as disposable as a Kodak … Continue reading Hardcore Henry

Demolition

Release: Friday, April 8, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Bryan Sipe Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée Jake Gyllenhaal has played a variety of oddballs in his time. He's navigated his way carefully through a maze of mental illness -- including, but certainly not limited to, sociopathy, obsession and depression -- and often bravely inhabited characters who we're almost dared to embrace at … Continue reading Demolition

Triple 9

Release: Friday, February 26 ,2016 [Theater] Written by: Matt Cook Directed by: John Hillcoat Triple 9 could be a really great film. I'm not saying that to be facetious or hypothetical, like, "I have all these suggestions to make it better and here's how you do it," or "I'm seeing this tonight and I hope it's going to be … Continue reading Triple 9