Coffee & Kareem

Release: Friday, April 3, 2020 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Shane Mack Directed by: Michael Dowse I really like Ed Helms. He is an actor I apparently will follow even into the seedier, more desperate corners of Netflix. I don’t know much about director Michael Dowse, other than the fact his résumé is populated with such silly titles asContinue reading “Coffee & Kareem”

Masterminds

Release: Friday, September 30, 2016  [Theater] Written by: Chris Bowman; Hubbel Palmer; Emily Spivey Directed by: Jared Hess Masterminds didn’t need to be masterfully made to be effective, but a little discipline could have gone a long way. Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), the film is a comedic dramatization of the October 1997 Loomis Fargo bank robbery thatContinue reading “Masterminds”

London Has Fallen

Release: Friday, March 4, 2016 [Netflix] Written by: Creighton Rothenberger; Katrin Benedikt; Christian Gudegast; Chad St. John Directed by: Babak Najafi London Has Fallen was a theatrical release I happened to miss out on and I am glad for having saved that money. Buying a bag of crack cocaine (which is what I did) would have been a betterContinue reading “London Has Fallen”

Morgan

Release: Friday, September 2, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Seth W. Owen Directed by: Luke Scott No movie, especially one dabbling in the science fiction genre, has an obligation to make the viewer feel all warm and cuddly inside. You can be both the coldhearted bastard and The Year’s Best Movie, but if you plan on being as brutally dispassionateContinue reading “Morgan”

Anomalisa

Release: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 (limited) [Redbox] Written by: Charlie Kaufman Directed by: Charlie Kaufman; Duke Johnson Someone please give Michael Stone a hug. I’m starting an online petition to see if we can get Michael Stone just one good hug, because he really, really, really, really, really needs one. Either him or writer-director Charlie Kaufman, I’m not sureContinue reading “Anomalisa”

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”

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 somethingContinue reading “Hell-Bent”

Central Intelligence

Release: Friday, June 17, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Rawson Marshall Thurber; David Stassen; Ike Barinholtz Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber I guess it’s pretty difficult making an action-comedy work. Just because A Big Johnson and A Little Hart can save the world doesn’t mean they can save this movie from becoming a centrally unintelligent, uninspired, unfunny mess. Prior toContinue reading “Central Intelligence”

Bound to Vengeance

Release: Friday, June 26, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Rock Shaink Jr.; Keith Kjornes Directed by: José Manuel Cravioto Bound to Vengeance is bound to suffer a short life of critical derision and audience dissatisfaction before falling completely into obscurity, and that’s kind of a shame. It’s never easy watching a film squander its potential and so quickly. You’veContinue reading “Bound to Vengeance”

Zombeavers

Release: Friday, March 20, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Jordan Rubin, Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan Directed by: Jordan Rubin Zombeavers is another one of those head-scratching concepts that happens to operate as both film title and plot synopsis. To be fair, a more in-depth plot synopsis would read something like: a bunch of horny teens — a group thatContinue reading “Zombeavers”