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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Revenant

Film Title

The Revenant

Synopsis

The Revenant is about the triumph of human spirit, and revenge

Director

Alejandro G. Inarritu

Cast

Leonardo DiCaprio
Tom Hardy
Domhnall Gleeson
Will Poulter
Forrest Goodluck
Paul Anderson
Christopher Joner
Joshua Burge
Melaw Nakeh'no

  The weather outside the Front Range of Colorado was as good as it had been since early December, even though there were still plenty of ugly black and white glaciers piled up in the parking lot of the Metrolux. If you are to watch this movie, dress in layers, as the visual impacts of […]

The Revenant *Spoiler Free*

Film Title

The Revenant

Synopsis

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820’s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director

Alejandro G. Inarritu

Cast

Leonardo DiCaprio
Tom Hardy
Domhall Gleeson
Will Poulter
Forrest Goodluck
Paul Anderson
Joshua Burge
Kristoffer Joner

A lot has been said and written about this film, mostly about its troubled production – forget all that: it has no meaning whatsoever for the experience this film provides. A word of advice though: if you go in expecting a testosterone-fueled revenge thriller in the vein of Apocalypto, you’ll likely end up disappointed. It’s […]