Hubie Halloween

Film Title

Hubie Halloween

Synopsis

Hubie tries to save Halloween as Adam Sandler stinks up the screen again



Cast

Adam Sandler
Kevin James
Julie Bowen
Ray Liotta
Steve Buscemi
Rob Schneider
Shaquille O'Neal

If you are familiar with Adam Sandler movies, this is exactly what you have come to expect. Whether that means you will enjoy it, or how much that is even possible for you, may vary. Less familiarity might actually equate to greater enjoyment, as you will be less annoyed and distracted by the references and […]

Barton Fink (1991)

Film Title

Barton Fink

Synopsis

A New York playwright goes to Hollywood to write for the movies and is engulfed in a bizarre form of Hell

Director

Joel & Ethan Coen

Cast

John Turturro
John Goodman
Judy Davis
Michael Lerner
John Mahoney
Tony Shalhoub
Jon Polito
Steve Buscemi

Barton Fink is one of my favorite Coen Brothers films. This assessment is not shared by many, Coen Brothers fans or not. This is easy to understand, as Barton Fink is one of the Coen’s most enigmatic works of art. To this day the Coen Brothers have chosen to not explain the film, and years […]

Fargo

Film Title

Fargo

Synopsis

A desperate and inept crime has horrible consequences in Fargo, North Dakota

Director

Joel & Ethan Coen

Cast

Steve Buscemi
Francis McDormand
William H. Macey
Peter Stormare
Kristin Rudrud
Harve Presnell
John Carol Lynch

THIS IS A TRUE STORY.  The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987.  At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it “occurred.” With these words Joel and Ethan Coen open their unassailable masterpiece (one […]

The Doorman

Film Title

The Doorman

Synopsis

A woman returns from combat to have to fight a gang of thieves who want her stuff. Trickle down economy ensues.

Director

Ryuhei Kitamura

Cast

Jean Reno
Ruby Rose
Some other folks

“The Doorman” – A poor man’s, poor man’s Die Hard. As we continue to go without any major movie releases (with the exception of Tenet), there is still a small trickle of low-budget films being released to video on-demand (VOD). Typically, these movies tend to fall into the category of really shitty sequels to films […]

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Film Title

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Synopsis

Three escaped cons search for buried treasure in The Deep South

Director

Joel & Ethan Coen

Cast

George Clooney
John Turturro
Tim Blake Nelson
John Goodman
Holly Hunter
Charles Durning
Michael Badalucco

“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” – The second best Odyssey ever. My editor tasked us with reviewing the Coen Brothers’ films and, since I’d rather read Twilight novels than sit through almost their entire filmography, I volunteered to re-watch O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the one film of theirs worth watching more than once. Yeah, […]

True Grit

Film Title

True Grit (2010)

Synopsis

A gnarly and stubborn girl employs True Grit to help track down her father’s murderer

Director

Ethan & Joel Coen

Cast

Jeff Daniels as The One-Eyed Dude
Hailee Steinfield as a national treasure.
Matt Damon as smarmy, and ostensibly Texas
Josh Brolin as the bad guy.

1 Hour 50 Minutes, PG-13 for maiming and violence. Fair Value of True Grit: $15.00. Because you can’t watch Sergio Leone all the time, this tale of Prairie Justice is one of the better of modern westerns. In many ways it is the perfect balance of the comedic and the dark aspects of Coen Brother’s […]

King Rat (1965)

Film Title

King Rat

Synopsis

A resourceful Corporal King is stuck in a Malaysian P.O.W. camp during WW2. He makes the best of things , using brains, bribery and larceny.

Director

Bryan Forbes

Cast

George Segal
Tom Courtenay
James Fox
James Donald
Patrick O'Neal
John Mills

In wartime, it is not always the highest ranked individuals that run the show. Oftentimes, like with Ex-PFC Wintergreen and Corporal Milo Minderbinder in Heller’s masterpiece Catch-22, it is the most cunning and resourceful who are in charge. George Segal stars in his best performance ever in writer/director Bryan Forbes’s 1965 adaptation of James Clavell’s […]

The Bridge On The River Kwai

Film Title

The Bridge On The River Kwai

Synopsis

British POW’s are forced to build a bridge for their Japanese captors.

Director

David Lean

Cast

Alec Guinness
William Holden
Jack Hawkins
Sessue Hayakawa
James Donald
Geoffrey Horne

There are war movies and there are more war movies, but I do not hesitate to state that The Bridge on the River Kwai is as unique as it is excellent. Within the huge category of war movies, we have many about prisoners of war, and the inevitable nightmares and madness of horrific situations brought […]

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Film Title

Lawrence Of Arabia

Synopsis

The story of T.E. Lawrence, who united Arab forces to have a serious impact on the WW1 war against the Turks.

Director

David Lean

Cast

Peter O'Toole
Sir Alec Guinness
Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quayle
Jack Hawkins
Omar Sharif
Claude Rains

Lawrence Of Arabia is David Lean’s 1962 epic that won 7 Oscars, but of course, not the one that counted for the always overlooked Peter O’Toole. His resume includes Doctor Zhivago, Bridge On The River Kwai, and other classics. His masterpiece, of course, is Lawrence Of Arabia, an almost 4 hour long bum-numbing epic without […]

Antebellum

Film Title

Antebellum

Synopsis

A woman is enslaved on a plantation in a scenario that none of us would really be surprised to find out was true.

Director

Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz

Cast

Janelle Monae
Jena Malone
Eric Lange
Tongayi Chirisa
Jack Huston
Kiersey Clemons

It takes a village. As we continue to face and confront the reality that racism is still deeply ingrained in American society and culture, we continue to uncover more and more evidence that maybe the Civil War never really ended. Yes, slavery was technically outlawed as a result of the Civil War, but that did […]