Despite being categorically different in tone, Nightcrawler is similar to Carancho in featuring cottage industries named in generic, often pejorative fashion. Except an honest assessment of Nightcrawler would do well without two things, to be fair: heaping plaudits on the performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, and; partaking in fanboy fuckery extended to a character that no […]
When planning your work is not enough
Film TitleMommie Dearest
Just in time for Mother’s Day
Howard Da Silva
She’s not mad at you, she’s mad at the dirt.
Film TitleGreen Room
After witnessing a murder, a punk rock band is forced into a vicious fight for survival against a group of maniacal skinheads.
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 […]
Film Title10 Cloverfield Lane
10 Cloverfield Lane is a movie that should never end.
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 […]
The evil of a powerful and corrupt institution is exposed
Brian d'Arcy James
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 […]
Film TitleBatman v. Superman
Bathole v. Superjerk, a movie.
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.
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, […]
Film TitleHail, Caesar!
A Hollywood fixer works around the clock to keep the stars in line
DirectorEthan and Joel Coen
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]