Suicide Squad

Release: Friday, August 5, 2016 [Theater] Written by: David Ayer Directed by: David Ayer Sigh. Suicide Squad is neither a disaster nor a revelation. It’s just really, really uneventful and in that way, crushingly disappointing. Let me grab a calculator and get back to you, because the math really doesn’t add up. I don’t quite know how you commitContinue reading “Suicide Squad”

The 88th Academy Awards: What did we learn, anything?

Like an M. Night Shyamalan plot twist Chris Rock did in fact show up to host the 88th Academy Awards, and the event did go off without a hitch — no crazed protestor drove their car into the Dolby Theater anyway. This night wasn’t at all Billy Crystal-y; this was definitely more Degeneres-ish with Rock shouting loudlyContinue reading “The 88th Academy Awards: What did we learn, anything?”

Concussion

Release: Christmas Day 2015 [Theater] Written by: Peter Landesman Directed by: Peter Landesman Concussion is the kind of movie one watches because they want to get that warm and fuzzy feeling of seeing the big bad corporation that is the NFL taken down a peg or two. They watch it and are glad to see they’re not theContinue reading “Concussion”

TBT: Bad Boys (1995)

Ah yes, the glorious return of TBT continues! So I actually had this idea at one point where I’d possibly substitute this month’s batch with an entirely new idea: I’d call it ‘Masterpiece May.’ It would focus on films most people regard as classics. But because I couldn’t get my shit together in time, IContinue reading “TBT: Bad Boys (1995)”

Focus

Release: Friday, February 27, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Glenn Ficarra; John Requa Directed by: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa The scent of expensive colognes and perfumes robbing the theater of breathable air undoubtedly seduced me into thinking the new Will Smith movie was better than it really is. To focus on the negatives in a film that is this much fun isContinue reading “Focus”

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Release: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 [RPX Theater] Baxter! Bark twice if you’re in this movie! “Woof-woof!” . . .and, oh how he is! Baxter and the entire Channel Four News team assemble for the much-anticipated follow-up to Adam McKay’s 2004 smash hit. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. . .is, to put it completely unbiased-like and everything,Continue reading “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”

TBT: Men in Black (1997)

I can’t really expect to cover Will Smith for a month and get away without including the one thing he did with Tommy Lee Jones that had aliens in it. So we turn again away from Smith’s more serious side and return to a role where he gets to be a “little” bit more atContinue reading “TBT: Men in Black (1997)”

TBT: Seven Pounds (2008)

Will Smith is making for a great throwback-themed month, I’ve just realized. He’s a superstar, yes, that’s true. But more than that, he’s more diverse of an actor than I may have previously considered him to be. July has turned out to be a fun examination of a few of his biggest hits, each ofContinue reading “TBT: Seven Pounds (2008)”

TBT: Enemy of the State (1998)

With After Earth taking a plunge into less-than-mediocre territory since its opening a couple months back, Will Smith seemed there for awhile to be part of a conversation that I’m not used to him being included in. His judgment has been seriously questioned and criticized ever since getting his son on as the lead roleContinue reading “TBT: Enemy of the State (1998)”

TBT: Independence Day (1996)

How’s the weather where you are today? It’s a drab, rainy afternoon here in Knoxville, with no sign of the clouds really making an effort to allow us to see some big bright explosions in the sky later. For some reason, the weather never seems to cooperate around this time, but maybe that’s just myContinue reading “TBT: Independence Day (1996)”