Back in the ancient days of 1990 some unbelievably brave network executives at ABC took one of the most insane risks in television history: they gave filmmaker David Lynch a TV show.
The Battered Bastards of Baseball (Chapman Way, Maclain Way, 2014) – There are few professional sports teams to that burned as brightly and flamed out as quickly as the Portland Mavericks. One of the last independent minor league baseball teams in the United States, they only lasted from 1973 to 1977. They never won a […]
Red Lines (Andrea Kalin, Oliver Lukacs, 2014) – In the fight to bring democracy and peace to war torn Syria, two activists from vastly different backgrounds have teamed up to amass a greater network of contacts and connections on the ground than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Razan Shalab al-Sham is a former […]
Oculus (Mike Flanagan, 2014) – It can be a hard thing for a critic to admit, but sometimes we can be wrong. I’m having a hard time remembering a movie I was as wrong about as I was with Oculus, though. When I first watched it several months ago at the Toronto International Film Festival (while […]
Kingdom Come (Paiman Kalayeh, John Lyons Murphy, 2012) – I’ve been recently working on writing a piece about questions you should never ask at a Q&A following a screening at a film festival. One of those questions is “Was it a struggle to get this film made?” I say you shouldn’t ask that not because […]
Sabotage (David Ayer, 2014) – There’s an interesting problem with Sabotage that most films never quite suffer from. Once you go through the few supplemental features on the film’s Blu-Ray (which was not made available to press and I had to go out and buy on my own), you’ll get wind that there was a […]
Happy Christmas (Joe Swanberg, 2014) – Prolific low budget writer/director Joe Swanberg comes straight to VOD (with a limited theatrical for our neighbors to the south) with Happy Christmas, a slight yet effective piece of mumble core that feels a lot more intimate then it has any business being on a passing glance. Jeff and […]
Transcendence (Wally Pfister, 2014) – More than anything else, Transcendence is a lesson in how tone can kill a movie. The premise is goofy, the science is half-cocked, and the message is obvious. However, it is a blockbuster, so those things wouldn’t matter quite so much if it were bright, colorful, and silly. But Transcendence […]
Noah (Darren Aronofsky, 2014) – The most remarkable aspect of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is simply the fact that it exists. It’s not supposed to be possible for an idiosyncratic director to get a massive blockbuster budget to make a challenging and thought-provoking movie no matter how many battle scenes are wrapped around the ideas. More […]
Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa .5 (Jeff Tremaine, 2014) – Part of the bizarre tradition of Jackass feature film releases is that every movie gets a DVD loaded with deleted sequences as well as a second .5 release of additional deleted sequences cut together into a second feature film. You could easily write this process off […]
Discopath (Renaud Gauthier, 2013) – For most people, hearing disco music pumping through the speakers inspires most people to get up, boogie and dance the night away or giggle and remember how silly the 70s were…most people that is. Discopath is blood spattered ode to the giallo and indie horror of the 1970’s and early […]
A Young Doctor's Notebook is a rather deadpan and somewhat macabre slice storytelling that manages to be a vehicle for two actors who want to be known for more than their career defining roles.
Like Father Like Son (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2013) – Like Father, Like Son is the kind of story that runs the full gamut of human emotions. Writer/director Hirokazu Koreeda revisits his ongoing preoccupation with family dynamics and parent-child relationships in contemporary Japan with this fascinating look at nature vs. nurture. The life of workaholic architect Ryota (Masaharu […]
Alexander: The Ultimate Cut (Oliver Stone, 2004) – The art of filmmaking is a complex beast at the best of times. A piece of cinema can be seen as a living breathing entity with a myriad of opportunities and possible outcomes inside what was shot and how it’s ultimately assembled. The best of directors struggle […]
Afflicted (Derek Lee, Cliff Prowse, 2013) – Afflicted is a fresh and thrilling found-footage take on vampire mythology that pushes the stakes higher and harder than most of its predecessors, giving the film a real sense of humanity that can easily be embraced. Best friends Derek and Clif set out on a trip of lifetime […]