The Help

Film Title

The Help

Synopsis

How to make pie for white supremacists

Director

Tate Taylor

Cast

Emma Stone
Viola Davis
Octavia Spencer
Bryce Dallas Howard
Cicely Tyson
Sissy Spacek
Allison Janney

The Help is a lot like Crash, The Blind Side, and other presumably well-meaning but largely tone-deaf movies about race that don’t happen to star Sandra Bullock (as a longtime devotee of both Demolition Man and The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down, I have to believe sweet Sandy’s heart is in the right place). However […]

Voyagers (2021)

Film Title

Voyagers

Synopsis

No one cares if you yawn in space

Director

Neil Burger

Cast

Colin Farrell
Tye Sheridan
Lily Rose-Depp
Fionn Whitehead
Chante Adams
Wern Lee
Quintessa Swindell

“Voyagers” – No one can hear you conch in space. I hate Lord of the Flies. I hate the book, I hate the 1963 film adaptation, and I hate the 1990 film adaptation. If I had known Voyagers was Lord of the Flies in space, I might not have wanted to watch Voyagers. They got […]

Godzilla vs. Kong

Film Title

Godzilla vs. Kong

Synopsis

Yet another chapter of violence unfolds for the ultimate beastie boys. 

Director

Adam Wingard

Cast

Alexander Skarsgard
Millie Bobby Brown
Rebecca Hall
Brian Tyree Henry
Shun Oguri
Elza Gonzalez
Julian Dennison

“Godzilla vs. Kong” – It was everything I thought it could be. This movie is what I have been missing for the past year. Big, loud, dumb blockbusters that promise one thing. Prior to this, Wonder Woman 84 was supposed to be that movie, except not the dumb part. Of course, WW84 turned out to […]

The White Tiger

Film Title

The White Tiger

Synopsis

An Indian driver tries to use all his wits to escape poverty

Director

Ramin Bahrani

Cast

Adarsh Gourav
Rajkummer Rao
Priyanna Chopra
Vedant Sinha
Kamlesh Gill
Satish Kumar

“Do we loathe our masters behind a facade of loving, or do we love our masters behind a facade of loathing?”  Balram  It is fitting that the first words heard in The White Tiger are spoken by Jay-Z. On the soundtrack as the movie begins is “Beware of the Boys,” Jay’s collaboration with British Indian […]

Invasion U.S.A

Film Title

Invasion U.S.A.

Synopsis

Chuck Norris is a one-man army who can save the country from a spy invasion

Director

Joseph Zito

Cast

Chuck Norris
Richard Lynch
Melissa Prophet
Alexander Zale
Eddie Jones
Billy Drago

Matt Hunter is tired. Once a proud Company Man, and one of the few on the payroll with full beard and bare chest, he’s more a Lion in Winter circa 1985, with nothing left to prove and no arms left to break. Leaving behind a world on the brink, he’s retired to Florida … the […]

I, Frankenstein (2014)

Film Title

I, Frankenstein

Synopsis

We are bored

 

Director

Stuart Beattie

Cast

Aaron Eckhart
Yvonne Strahovski
Miranda Otto
Bill NIghy
Aden Young
Kevin Grevioux

The longer you watch I, Frankenstein, the harder it is to believe that it is an actual theatrical feature and not just a bad TV movie made for the Syfy channel. Despite big-name, reliably good actors like Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, and Miranda Otto, and special effects that, at their best, at least look like […]

Psycho

Film Title

Psycho

Synopsis

Never be taking a shower during a knife fight

Director

Alfred Hitchcock

Cast

Anthony Perkins
Janet Leigh
John Gavin
Vera Miles
Martin Balsam

An early—perhaps, only—highlight in Resident Evil: Code Veronica features a palace sitting below a private residence atop a hill on a southern ocean island facility overrun by the bioengineered monstrosities it helped create. That gothic castle looms in the background, and as you, the player, forge an eventual path toward the perched building, the eerie […]

Rouge Trader (1999)

Synopsis

The story of Nick Leeson, a trader who bankrupted an investment house in Britian

Director

James Dearden

Cast

Ewan McGregor
Anna Friel
Lee Ross
Pip Torrens
Tim McInnerny

My favorite part of Trading Places is when Winthorpe and Valentine destroy the Duke brothers. “A Duke has been sitting on this exchange since it was founded!” So I was curious to see Rogue Trader, the 1999 biopic about Nick Leeson. You may not know who he is but he was big news in 1995. […]

Castle Cagliostro

Film Title

Castle Cagliostro (1979)

Synopsis

A dashing thief, his gang of desperadoes and an intrepid policeman struggle to free a princess from an evil count’s clutches

Director

Hayao Miyazaki

Cast

Yasuo Yamada
Eiko Masuyama
Kiyoshi Kobayashi
Makio Inoue
Goro Naya
Sumi Shimamoto

1 hr 42 minutes, PG-13 for violence and crime. Fair Value of Castle Cagliostro: $14.00. This Miyazaki adaptation of a French novel is fun and picturesque, almost like a cinematic cousin of a Tintin adventure. How Kid Friendly is this Film? It would probably get a PG in modern standards. There’s guns but not blood, a […]

Party Hard (2020)

Film Title

Party Hard (2020)

Synopsis

Chandler returns to his hometown to try to re-kindle a failed relationship. He opts for an all night binge party with his buddies instead

Director

William Nicholas Clay

Cast

Hunter Bolton
Brian Forbes
Ty Rowe
Amy Brower
Liz Jennings
Giulia Marie Dalbec

I am occasionally contacted by actors or directors of indie films to screen their latest movie project. I would be less than honest if I did not state that most are not worth my time because they are terrible efforts. Enough of that, because sometimes I stumble on a gem like Road To The Well. […]