Thank You For Smoking

Film Title

Thank You For Smoking

Synopsis

Make your own choice about killing yourself

Director

Jason Reitman

Cast

Aaron Eckhart
Maria Bello
Cameron Bright
Adam Brody
Sam Elliott
Katie Holmes
Bobby Jay
David Koechner
Rob Lowe
Wm. H. Macy
J.K. Simmons

Few people on this planet know what it is to be truly despised. Can you blame them? I earn a living fronting an organization that kills 1200 people a day. Twelve hundred people. We’re talking two jumbo jet plane loads of men, women, and children. I mean, there’s Attila, Genghis..and me, Nick Naylor. The face […]

The Witch (2015)

Film Title

The Witch

Synopsis

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.

Director

Robert Eggers

Cast

Anya Taylor-Joy
Ralph Eneson
Kate Dickle
Harvey Scrimshaw
Julian Richings
Sarah Stephens

Sitting through The Witch, and long after it finished, I grappled with my reaction hoping to articulate it into a verdict, weeding out customary knee-jerk biases only for resignation to eventually set in. A second viewing was in order. Although it was one more borne out of pure enjoyment, rather than a needy reassurance, for […]

EL TOPO

Film Title

El Topo

Synopsis

Midgets and cripples die horribly in this Western Classic

Director

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Cast

Alejandro Jodorowsky
Midgets
Cripples
Whores

The monotony and absurdity of its final hour is just about enough to chase away the good feeling achieved by the bloody, perverted beginning.

GRIZZLY MAN

Film Title

Grizzly Man

Synopsis

Watch Timmy Treadwell feed a bear

Director

Werner Herzog

Cast

Tim Treadwell
Arnie Hugueanard
Werner Herzog

We love bears.

CINDERELLA MAN

Film Title

Cinderella Man

Synopsis

A washed up and hungry boxer becomes a champion.

Director

Ron Howard

Cast

Russell Crowe
Renee' Zellweger
Paul Giamatti
Craig Bierko
Bruce McGill
Paddy Considine

The story of James J. Braddock is cut from the same cloth, and were it not for the factual record, we simply couldn’t believe it.

The House Film Review

Two couples start the illegal casino after they destroying their daughters entire college fund.

Under the Skin (2013)

Film Title

Under the Skin (2013)

Synopsis

Mysterious woman seduces lonely men.

Director

Johnathan Glazer

Cast

Scarlett Johannsson
Paul Brannigan
Lots of other dudes

While accurate, to dismiss Jonathan Glazer’s unorthodox alien sci-fi as enigmatic is a simplistic exercise in reductionism, but it is also the easiest to do. Though tangential, comparisons to 2001: A Space Odyssey were inevitable, they would prove only insofar as creative intent. What Kubrick sought to ask would ultimately eclipse what his epic attempted […]

The Nice Guys

Film Title

The Nice Guys

Synopsis

At least Russell Crowe did not sing.

Director

Shane Black

Cast

Russell Crowe
Ryan Gosling
Angourie Rice
Matt Bomer
Margaret Qualley
Keith David
Beau Knapp
Yaya DaCosta

  The Nice Guys was a highly rated (7.9 on IMDB and 70 with Metacritic) movie starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. I was expecting an entertaining movie in the spirit of Lethal Weapon or 48 Hours , but what I saw was more to the tune of Dumb and Dumber. Dumb was a fat, […]

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

A radical in winter.

Nightcrawler

Film Title

Nightcrawler

Synopsis

When planning your work is not enough

Director

Dan Gilroy

Cast

Jake Gyllenhaal
Michael Papajohn
Marco Rodriguez
Bill Paxton
James Huang
Rene Russo
Riz Ahmed

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 […]