TBT: Stand By Me (1986)

So since I couldn’t get my act together and decide on a theme for this month’s TBT reviews, we’re going to have another one of those random picks months, and that’s okay I guess because it’s only September. Plenty of time before the year’s out to make good on coming up with a scheduled listContinue reading “TBT: Stand By Me (1986)”

Dope

Release: Friday, June 19, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Rick Famuyiwa Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa Rick Famuyiwa’s Sundance darling isn’t particularly revelatory filmmaking, but it’s much more intelligent than its dopey title suggests, rejecting racial stereotypes and erasing cultural gaps as confidently as it embraces its young leading trio as a righteous symbol of individualism. Dope channels an infectious spirit à la executiveContinue reading “Dope”

Maggie

Release: Friday, May 8, 2015 [iTunes] Written by: John Scott III Directed by: Henry Hobson In defense of a very deliberately paced, melancholic film misleadingly billed as a thriller, Maggie serves as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s finest hour (and a half). Of course, describing Arnie’s role here as the best thing he’s ever done may seem a relative compliment. There has beenContinue reading “Maggie”

While We’re Young

Release: Friday, March 27, 2015 [Theater] Written by:  Noah Baumbach Directed by: Noah Baumbach  As the tagline suggests, life never gets old but can the same be said for aggressively hipster, disingenuous characters and convoluted stories? Noah Baumbach is a director I should have written off already. What I’ve been able to gather through only two films (thisContinue reading “While We’re Young”