The Lighthouse

Release: Friday, October 18, 2019 →Theater Written by: Max Eggers; Robert Eggers Directed by: Robert Eggers In 2016 Robert Eggers transitioned from production designer to director. Even then it was clear he was a filmmaker with uncommon confidence and intelligence, concocting a truly unsettling period piece in the supernatural horror The Witch. His experiences designing the look andContinue reading “The Lighthouse”

Aquaman

Release: Friday, December 21, 2018 →Theater Written by: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick; Will Beall Directed by: James Wan Four weeks on and the box office still hasn’t dried up for DC’s latest superhero origins story, the rise of one Arthur Curry, a.k.a. the Aquaman. Director James Wan has kinda done the unthinkable (not to mention given his bosses aContinue reading “Aquaman”

What Happened to Monday (Seven Sisters)

Release: Friday, August 18, 2017 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Max Botkin; Kerry Williamson Directed by: Tommy Wirkola In the context of Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola’s dystopian crime thriller What Happened to Monday — a.k.a. Seven Sisters — China’s methods of dealing with an extraordinary overpopulation crisis would be no less controversial but they would also no longer be the exception; rather, the opposite.Continue reading “What Happened to Monday (Seven Sisters)”

Decades Blogathon – Inside Man (2006)

  As we wind down another great blogathon, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for your great posts. I’d also like to tip my hat to my co-host for firstly coming up with the concept last year and for helping manage it again this time around. As always, it’s a realContinue reading “Decades Blogathon – Inside Man (2006)”

John Wick

Release: Friday, October 24, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Derek Kolstad Directed by: Chad Stehelski; David Leitch John Wick is yet another Keanu Reeves vehicle that operates much like an actual one would sans the steering wheel: basic things like moving straight ahead are possible but trying something fancy like taking a left-hand turn renders the driving clumsy and crashing into your mailboxContinue reading “John Wick”

A Most Wanted Man

Release: Friday, July 25, 2014 (limited) [Theater] As all good things must, even A Most Wanted Man comes to an end. And it’s going to take everything in my power to remain on the conservative side here, what with a possible capstone performance to mark the end of a career as towering as Philip Seymour Hoffman’s. TrustContinue reading “A Most Wanted Man”

The Fault in Our Stars

Release: Friday, June 6, 2014 [Theater] For every hundred or so saccharine romances that Hollywood will churn out in a year, probability suggests there will be the odd exception or two that comes along and says “enough is enough.” The cinematic adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel, The Fault in Our Stars, is at once aContinue reading “The Fault in Our Stars”

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Release: Friday, March 7, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Getting to work with Wes Anderson on any given project just has to be an unforgettable experience. If he called, I honestly don’t know how one would be able to use the word ‘No’ during that conversation; that scheduling conflict better be worth it. Whether just a weekend visitorContinue reading “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Out of the Furnace

Release: Friday, December 6, 2013 [Theater] Sneaking up on you quietly, toxically, like steam billowing from the chimneys that scratch and tear at a skyline of charcoal gray, this original screenplay from Scott Cooper is most likely not the product most people were expecting. It is a solemn look at the not-so-quiet life in the AppalachianContinue reading “Out of the Furnace”