Month in Review: June ’19

To those people still reading or starting to read me: This month, as in July, I'm being told by the folks behind the scenes that it's my eighth year of "flying with WordPress" which is a pretty amazing thing. I'm not sure whether I'll be doing anything in observance of that landmark -- in the … Continue reading Month in Review: June ’19

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The Wandering Earth

Release: Monday, May 6, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Gong Ge'er; Junce Ye; Yan Dongxu; Yang Zhixue; Frant Gwo Directed by: Frant Gwo Describing The Wandering Earth as an ambitious movie is an understatement. That's like saying Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad had cult followings. The sheer scale and spectacle on display make the likes of Michael Bay and Peter … Continue reading The Wandering Earth

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Release: Friday, May 17, 2019 → Theater Written by: Derek Kolstad; Shay Hatten; Chris Collins; Marc Abrams Directed by: Chad Stahelski Actions have consequences, as we are quite explicitly shown (and told, too!) in the ultra-violent third installment of the brawn-over-brains John Wick franchise. Literally footsteps removed from the mayhem of 2017's Chapter 2, John … Continue reading John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

The Dawn Wall

Release: Friday, September 14, 2018 (limited) →Netflix Directed by: Josh Lowell; Peter Mortimer Generally speaking, if you want climbing films done right, you turn to the Lowell brothers. In 1997 Josh and Brett Lowell co-founded Big UP Productions, and over the last two decades have documented some of the most stunning climbing achievements across the globe, even … Continue reading The Dawn Wall

Velvet Buzzsaw

Release: Friday, February 1, 2019 (Netflix)  →Netflix Written by: Dan Gilroy Directed by: Dan Gilroy Beauty is in the eye of the soon-to-be-murdered in Velvet Buzzsaw, the new film from writer/director Dan Gilroy, who made his mark back in 2014 with the sensationally gripping Nightcrawler. His third directorial feature following 2017's collaboration with Denzel Washington on Roman J. Israel, Esq., Velvet … Continue reading Velvet Buzzsaw

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Release: Friday, February 8, 2019 →Theater Written by: the Lord Philip; Christopher, a distinguished member of the Miller clan Directed by: someone of indeterminate skill (Mike Mitchell) Cough. It'snotasgoodasthefirst. Cough. Excuse me. The weather lately, I'm definitely under it -- while also being totally over it. It was in the 60s last Friday, mere days after a cold … Continue reading The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Release: Friday, November 9, 2018 (limited)  →Netflix Written by: Joel Coen; Ethan Coen  Directed by: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen For a fleeting moment The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the new Coen brothers film -- a big shiny red apple waiting to be plucked from the ever-growing Netflix tree -- was also available for more traditional consumption in theaters. But who … Continue reading The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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 a … Continue reading Aquaman