To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts and to help distance this site from the one of old, I’m installing this monthly post where I summarize the previous month’s activity in a wraparound that will hopefully give people the chance to go back and find stuff they might have missed, as well as … Continue reading Month in Review: November ’17
Release: Friday, September 15, 1995 →YouTube Written by: Christopher McQuarrie Directed by: Bryan Singer Before the X-Men made Bryan Singer a household name in the early 2000s, he had already achieved what the vast majority do not by directing an Oscar winner on his second try, the 1995 neo-noir mystery The Usual Suspects. He had help of course, with … Continue reading November Blindspot: The Usual Suspects (1995)
Release: Friday, September 15, 2017 →Theater Written by: Darren Aronofsky Directed by: Darren Aronofsky No one makes movies like Darren Aronofsky. Then again, does anyone dare? With mother! the enfant terrible of modern Hollywood has produced quite possibly his most polarizing and interpretive work yet. That does take into consideration his previous effort, the controversial Noah epic. And I … Continue reading mother!
Release: Friday, June 30, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Sofia Coppola Directed by: Sofia Coppola The Beguiled is an unsettling, moody drama set against the American Civil War that finds a wounded Union soldier being taken in and nursed back to health by the inhabitants of a secret all-girls school in Virginia. These women, who have lived a pious … Continue reading The Beguiled
Release: Friday, April 14, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Chris Morgan Directed by: F. Gary Gray Sometimes I find myself asking how we have managed to get to the point where women and children are being threatened by cyber terrorists in a franchise built around car racing. I find myself wondering if things have gotten a little too out-of-hand. … Continue reading The Fate of the Furious
Release: Friday, August 9, 1996 [YouTube] Written by: John Hodge Directed by: Danny Boyle One of the things I had presumed about Danny Boyle's iconic drug drama Trainspotting was that it was really bleak, and it was that way from start to finish. Don't get me wrong -- this film is not happy, but I wasn't expecting so much compassion. … Continue reading March Blindspot: Trainspotting (1996)
Release: Friday, January 20, 2017 [Theater] Written by: M. Night Shyamalan Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan THIS REVIEW INCLUDES A MAJOR SPOILER You just have to admire the child inside that M. Night Shyamalan has refused to abandon. His passion hasn't always translated into quality entertainment but "going through the motions" isn't a complaint you can lodge against the … Continue reading Split
Release: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jon Spaihts Directed by: Morten Tyldum Morten Tyldum is a Norwegian director who has been on the fast-track to success ever since bursting on to the world stage in 2011 with his critically acclaimed Headhunters, an action thriller based upon a novel by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø and featuring a Scandinavian cast. He's never looked … Continue reading Passengers
Release: Friday, December 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: John Hamburg; Ian Helfer Directed by: John Hamburg My biggest gripe with Why Him? It's actually not that it represents yet another painfully unfunny Christmas comedy. Well, it kind of is. I'm dismayed more because it is a painfully unfunny Christmas comedy starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston. Bryan Cranston! Also … Continue reading Why Him?
Release: Friday, November 18, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Uda Benyamina; Romain Compingt; Malik Rumeau Directed by: Uda Benyamina Divines provides a bleak but brilliant look into the lives of two teens in the Parisian banlieue. It follows Dounia and her best friend Maimouna as they seek out ways of making quick money so they can one day break … Continue reading Divines