Green Room

Film Title

Green Room

Synopsis

After witnessing a murder, a punk rock band is forced into a vicious fight for survival against a group of maniacal skinheads.

Director

Jeremy Saulnier

Cast

Alia Shawkat
Imogene Poots
Anton Yelchin
Patrick Stewart
Joe Cole
Mark Weber
Callum Turner
Eric Edelstein

Is this film worth my time? Green Room is an instant classic of exploitation cinema, a taut and frantic siege movie that is evocative of Straw Dogs and Assault on Precinct 13. Who is this film perfect for? People who want to see punks fighting neo-nazis with whatever weapon they can scrounge, and people who […]

10 Cloverfield Lane

Film Title

10 Cloverfield Lane

Synopsis

10 Cloverfield Lane is a movie that should never end.

Director

Dan Trachtenberg

Cast

John Goodman
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
John Gallagher Jr.

I’m sitting here with my sore, demolished foot when I should be writing a movie review. Well, I am writing one, or trying to write one. How does one go about ranking, rating or writing a review of a movie? For one thing, for your opinion to have any credibility, you must watch the entire […]

Spotlight

Film Title

Spotlight

Synopsis

The evil of a powerful and corrupt institution is exposed

Director

Tom McCarthy

Cast

Mike Ruffalo
Michael Keaton
Rachel McAdams
Liev Schreiber
John Slattery
Stanley Tucci
Brian d'Arcy James
Jamey Sheridan

As everyone is now aware, Spotlight was the surprise winner for Best Picture according to The Academy. I was as shocked as most others who thought that The Revenant would be a slam dunk. I was wrong, so I was compelled to see what this movie was all about. Scratch that, I was more than […]

Batman v. Superman

Film Title

Batman v. Superman

Synopsis

Bathole v. Superjerk, a movie.

Director

Zack Snyder

Cast

Ben Affleck
Henry Cavill
Amy Adams
Jesse Eisenberg
Diane Lane
Laurence Fishburne
Jeremy Irons
Holly Hunter
Gal Gadot

The epiphany of the corporate era of Hollywood, the genius of Zack Snyder, is the recognition of this truth: if you condition the audience to expect mediocrity, then you can never disappoint them.

Ghostbusters Trailer Review

This is a thing they’re actually doing. You’re aware they’re doing it. Let’s just skip the background and jump right into it. (You can watch the thing here.) Ghostbusters trailer review and analysis, here we go: (0:00 – 0:30) We begin by reminding people, in BIG WHITE TEXT, that the original film exists. And really, […]

THE ABCs OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS

Always Be Closing!-Wait! That’s another rant, but now that I think of it, not really. The only way that Evangelicals can hope to maintain their numbers, much less grow them, is by intense recruitment, by Selling! From infancy, family members are indoctrinated and recruited with fear, guilt and intimidation. They are sold the myth of […]

Four Key Questions at the heart of Hail, Caesar!

Film Title

Hail, Caesar!

Synopsis

A Hollywood fixer works around the clock to keep the stars in line

Director

Ethan and Joel Coen

Cast

Josh Brolin
George Clooney
Alden Ehrenreich
Ralph Fiennes
Scarlett Johansson
Tilda Swinton
Frances McDormand
Channing Tatum
Jonah Hill

The rest of the country may be confused,but you don’t have to be. Ethan and Joel Coen have released an elegant, masterful, gorgeous, kaleidoscopic, fractal comedic work of unmatched excellence, and nobody knows it (yet). With a movie-going public stymied by an acute case of misaligned expectations, and another entry in the Marvel franchise to […]

Binge-Watch: Amazon’s Mad Dogs

Welcome to another edition of Binge-Watch! By now, you most certainly know how much I love to veg out on a newly released show. This latest binge session was courtesy of Amazon’s newest original series, Mad Dogs. With plenty of faces you’re sure to recognize, Mad Dogs is yet another entry in the category of […]

Deadpool

Film Title

Deadpool

Director

Tim Miller

Cast

Ryan Reynolds
Karan Soni
Ed Skrein
Michael Benyaer
Stephan Kapicic
Brianna Hildebrand

I really, really liked Deadpool. And you know what? I didn’t expect to. Seriously, I was never a fan of the character (in the sense that I hardly knew anything about him) and the humor as well as the violence seemed forced and overdone in the trailers. Still, I remained interested in the film, I […]

Rounders (1998)

Film Title

Rounders

Synopsis

Two childhood friends, a law student (Matt Damon) and recently-released convict (Ed Norton), play poker in underground clubs in New York City to pay off a debt to a Russian mobster.

Director

John Dahl

Cast

Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, Martin Landau

If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table then you are the sucker. That’s the opening line to Rounders, written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien and regarded as one of the greatest poker movies of all time. This is a pretty good assessment, considering that most poker movies […]