All Eyez on Me

Film Title

All Eyez on Me

Synopsis

The hologram is finally extinguished

Director

Bennie Boom

Cast

Demetrius Shipp Jr.
Danai Gurira
Kat Graham
Jamal Woolard
Annie Ilonzeh

All Eyez On Me 2 hrs 20 minutes, Rated R for Titties, Hoes, and Gangsta Shit Is This Film Worth My Time? Its maybe worth a Netflix viewing if you’re not familiar with West Coast Gangsta Rap. Its a good musical primer to Tupac’s major hits. West Coast Represent: Tupac was from West Oakland, pre-gentrification. […]

Bad Times at the El Royale

Film Title

Bad Times at the El Royale

Synopsis

Seven strangers, each with dark secrets to bury, meet at the El Royale Hotel in Lake Tahoe

Director

Drew Goddard

Cast

Cynthia Erivo as Dreamgirls taking a Wrong Turn
Jeff Bridges as grizzled
Jon Hamm as paranoid secret agent man
Chris Hemsworth as Charles Manson, Superstar!
Dakota Johnson as Chris Hemsworth's ex-girlfriend
Nick Offerman as an old school gangster
Lewis Pullman, as the in over his head bellboy/ desk clerk

Bad Times at the El Royale 2 hours 11 minutes, R for Tarantino-Style Gun Play (with comparable levels of blood splatter) Fair Value of Bad Times at the El Royale: $4.00. Its a solid choice as a streaming rental, solid without being particularly distinct, entertaining enough. Norman Bates, Travis Bickle, The Manson Family, and Nixons […]

First Man

Film Title

First Man

Synopsis

Gemini and Apollo, featuring Neil Armstrong.

Director

Damien Chazelle

Cast

Ryan Gosling
Claire Foy
Jason Clarke
Corey Stoll
Kyle Chandler
Pablo Schreiber
Christopher Abbott
Olivia Hamilton
Ethan Embry
Ciaran Hinds

Nerds. Have you ever ridden Mission Space at Epcot? I have and I love it. My wife has also and decidedly did not love it. I think her exact words were I have a headache and I might throw up. First Man has the same effect without requiring that pesky centrifuge to simulate increased G-forces. […]

Venom

Film Title

Venom

Director

Ruben Fleischer

Cast

Tom Hardy
Michelle Williams
Jenny Slate
Riz Ahmed
Scott Haze
Reid Scott

Where have all the villains gone? According to IGN, Venom is the twenty-second greatest comic book villain of all-time. I have no idea what that really means because I do not read comic books. I would be very hard-pressed to name twenty-three comic book villains at all (unless we are just naming X-Men bad guys), […]

A Star is Born (2018)

Film Title

A Star is Born

Synopsis

Your standard nobody-becomes-a-rock star story, but with booze, beards, and great music.

Director

Bradley Cooper

Cast

Bradley Cooper
Lady Gaga
Sam Elliott
Andrew Dice Clay
Anthony Ramos
Rafi Gavron
Dave Chappelle

Loose strings. Immediately after watching A Star is Born, I felt satisfied. For the past two months, I have been sitting through movies that range from tolerable to ghastly. Recently, I was asked if I had seen any good movies lately, and my brain took a nap. Christopher Robin was pretty good, but that was […]

Fahrenheit 11/9

Film Title

Fahrenheit 11/9

Synopsis

A Horror Story the likes of which you cannot imagine

Director

Michael Moore

Cast

Michael Moore
Donald Trump
Bill Clinton
Hillary Clinton
Rick Snyder
Barack Obama

This will probably be a short review, and I’ve put off writing it. Last Tuesday I sat in a theater with 3 other people and watched what was one of the most depressing documentaries I have ever seen. The content of the film was only slightly more disturbing than the fact that almost no one […]

The Best Pop Movie Award: Coming in 2019

The Best Pop Movie Award: Coming in 2019 And the Oscar Goes to: On August 7, 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences governors, a.k.a. those people who continue to not recognize your favorite movie, announced they would finally recognize your favorite movie. You heard that right. Starting in 2019, a new Oscar […]

The Predator (2018)

You don’t have to know me well at all to know that Predator is my favorite movie of all-time. People text me when it’s on TV. People send me pictures of kids dressed up as Predator. People send me posts of guys riding motorcycles with Predator helmets. Predator is sort of my thing, you see. […]

The Predator

Film Title

The Predator

Synopsis

Predator versus super predator versus idiocy.

Director

Shane Black

Cast

Boyd Holbrook
Olivia Munn
Jacob Tremblay
Keegan-Michael Key
Trevante Rhodes
Thomas Jane
Sterling K. Brown
Alfie Allen
Augusto Aguilera
Yvonne Strahovski
Jake Busey

Flipping stupid. Eight years ago, I was only a fledgling movie critic. At that time, I did not have press credentials, I was not part of the Denver Film Critic Society, and I was mostly writing as part of a podcast I co-hosted about reality TV shows (long story). I was also not yet attending […]

The Nun

Film Title

The Nun

Synopsis

Demon nun. DEMON NUN!

Director

Corin Hardy

Cast

Taissa Farmiga
Demian Bichir
Jonas Bloquet
Bonnie Aarons

Holy shit. (Their words, but who am I to argue?). My first grade teacher was Sister Julianna. No last name – she was married to God and God does not have a last name. Like Prince. Which is kind of ironic when you think about how weird some religious dudes get about their new wives […]

Kin

Film Title

Kin

Synopsis

Kid finds science fiction gun. No further science fiction ensues.

Director

Josh Baker, Jonathan Baker

Cast

Myles Truitt
Jack Reynor
Zoe Kravitz
Dennis Quaid
James Franco

I cannot explain myself. Do you know what the best Labor Day weekend box office (U.S. only) result is for any movie since 1982? Take a guess. Lower. No, lower. $30.5 million. Now, try to guess what movie earned that number.* You know what – forget that. Try to name any movie that opened on […]