The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Release: Friday, November 9, 2018  →Theater Written by: Jay Basu, Fede Álvarez; Steven Knight Directed by: Fede Álvarez 2018 has been a productive year for Claire Foy, star of Fede Álvarez’s gritty, Scandinavian-set crime thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web. In the span of nine months the British actress, perhaps most recognized as Queen Elizabeth II inContinue reading “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”

Avery

Release: Thursday, November 15, 2018 →Starbucks/my house Written by: fate, apparently Directed by: meteorological patterns, a.k.a. Winter Storm Avery Avery is a little independent drama that showed up in northeastern New Jersey/Pennsylvania, seemingly out of nowhere. With the potential to drop anything from 4 to 7 inches of early-season crud as well as freezing rain/ice accumulationsContinue reading “Avery”

The Finest Hours

Release: Friday, January 29, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Scott Silver; Paul Tamasy; Eric Johnson Directed by: Craig Gillespie Chris Pine just wants to be the captain of everything. And I guess that’s a good thing because every time his number is called he responds with some kind of grand gesture that usually involves multiple lives being saved under hisContinue reading “The Finest Hours”

The Revenant

Release: Friday, January 8, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Alejandro González Iñárritu; Mark L. Smith Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu There are some things in The Revenant that you can’t un-see. Like the bloody confrontation between the Arikara tribe and Captain Andrew Henry’s men in the very first scene. Or a human body torn apart by monstrous bear claws. These moments transcend shockContinue reading “The Revenant”

The Hateful Eight

Release: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Quentin Tarantino Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino isn’t softening in his old(er) age. The Hateful Eight might be one of his most vicious pieces yet, an ode to the frankness of life on the frontier as filtered through the perspectives of some of the meanest, nastiest sumbitches this sideContinue reading “The Hateful Eight”

TBT: Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

If you’ve been following along with this segment, you might be aware I’ve spent the last several installments picking titles at random — and in a slight panic, with several of them being decided upon (or even watched) at the very last possible second — so it’ll be nice to reintroduce some semblance of consistency here again,Continue reading “TBT: Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)”

TBT: Out Cold (2001)

As the leaves continue their mass exodus from their branches, I’m reminded that my favorite season is just around the corner. Why winter? A couple of reasons. First of all winter seasonals are some of my favorite beers. Second, winter usually means snow, and snow usually means it’s time to go and hit the slopes.Continue reading “TBT: Out Cold (2001)”

TBT: Fargo (1996)

Get the heck out of here, August. Take all your bad vibes with you. Not that this month has been a particularly bad one for watching movies, new and old alike. But, sheesh, would you just please get out of the way so the fall season can begin? And I’m looking forward to more thanContinue reading “TBT: Fargo (1996)”

The Homesman

Release: Friday, November 14, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Tommy Lee Jones; Kieran Fitzgerald; Wesley A. Oliver Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones Tommy Lee Jones is once again a man whose greatness knows no bounds as he stars in, directs as well as helps to write and produce this quietly fierce tale about Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Who’s that, youContinue reading “The Homesman”

TBT: The Shining (1980)

The first time I had heard this film title, I thought it was referring to something else entirely. And when I finally sat down to watch (whenever that first time was, I wish I could remember. . .) I came into the understanding rather quickly that yes indeed, this would be no comedy. No one wouldContinue reading “TBT: The Shining (1980)”