Slap Shot (1977)

Film Title

Slap Shot

Synopsis

A failing hockey team finds its footing with a trio of Hanson Goons

Director

George Roy Hill

Cast

Paul Newman
Michael Ontkean
Strother Martin
Steve Carlson
David Carlson
Jeff Hanson
Jennifer Warren

Every time I think of hockey, I am reminded of my late, great friend, Ed Arndt. Ed was a friend luckily met from the Fidonet era, in the early 90s, before the internet was what it is today. A bunch of us guys would go to the hockey games at the Memphis Mid-South Coliseum. I […]

Hell Or High Water

Film Title

Hell Or High Water

Synopsis

A duo of brothers rob small town banks to save the family farm

Director

David Mackinzie

Cast

Jeff Bridges
Chris Pine
Ben Foster
Gil Birmingham
Dale Dickey

I had been intending to watch this movie for a long time. I was intrigued by that famous gas station fight scene, which I ran across on YouTube. I’ve probably watched it over a half a dozen times, and it is a very satisfying seeing some young punk getting a well-deserved comeuppance. Let me get […]

Beast

Film Title

Beast

Synopsis

I’m not a lion tamer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night

Director

Baltasar Kormakur

Cast

Idris Elba
Martin Munro
Chris Langa
Leah Jeffries
Iyana Halley

“Beast” – I’m not a lion tamer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. I often wonder what it is about any given movie that makes people like or dislike it. For example, I recently screened Emily the Criminal, a movie so uninteresting and lacking entertainment value that every time I […]

Good Will Hunting

Film Title

Good Will Hunting

Synopsis

A young genius struggles with his past, his potential and his relationships.

Director

Gus Van Sant

Cast

Matt Damon
Robin Williams
Ben Affleck
Casey Affleck
Stellan Skarsgard
Minnie Driver
Cole Hauser

Good Will Hunting is a movie written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and was directed by Gus Van Sant. It also starred the late and legendary Robin Williams who won an Oscar for his memorable performance. Damon and Affleck also won the Oscar for Best Writing and Screenplay. This movie is almost 25 years […]

Bullet Train

Film Title

Bullet Train

Synopsis

Five would-be assassins take a train ride

Director

David Leitch

Cast

Brad Pitt
Sandra Bullock
Michael Shannon
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Zazie Beets
Joey King
Brian Tyree Henry

“Bullet Train” – Come on ride the train. As I struggled to come up with a theme for my review of Bullet Train, I skimmed through other, early reviews for ideas. To my surprise, Bullet Train has divided other critics almost right down the middle (currently sitting at 53% positive on Rotten Tomatoes; 49 on […]

Prey

Film Title

Prey

Synopsis

We can still see you Mr. Predator guy

Director

Dan Trachtenberg

Cast

Amber Midthunder
Dakota Beavers
Dane DiLiegro
MIchelle Thrush
Mike Paterson

“Prey” – We can still see you Mr. Predator guy. I don’t know who is clamoring for more Predator movies, let alone one that takes place in colonial America, but Prey is the latest installment in the Predator franchise. Clearly, neither does Twentieth Century Studios, as Prey is going directly to Hulu+. Do they really […]

Nope: Devon’s take

2 hrs 10 minutes, Rated R for face ripping and misadventures with barb wire. Fair Value of Jordan Peele’s Nope: $16.00. This is a smart reinvention of the flying saucer movie that is mildly scary but well paced and entertaining, with enough commentary as to reward a second watching. The lonely valleys of the Southwest: […]

DC League of Super-Pets

Film Title

DC League of Super Pets

Synopsis

The DCEU only wishes it could be like Super-Pets

Director

Jared Stern & Sam Levine

Cast

Dwyane Johnson
Kevin Hart
Kate McKinnon
John Krasinski
Kanau Reeves
Thomas Middleditch

Now that my son is double-digits old, he’s within shouting distance of the point where he is no longer the target audience for movies like DC League of Super-Pets and I’m going to have to start writing my own reviews of these flicks. But, not yet. What I will say is Warner Brothers really needs […]

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Film Title

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

Synopsis

Ezra reviews the gayest horror movie ever. He clearly enjoyed this way too much.

Director

Jack Sholder

Cast

Robert Englund
Mark Patton
Kim Myers
Robert Rusler
Clu Gulager
Hope Lang

Though my previous in-depth takes on movies such as Little Monsters, Beethoven, and Baby’s Day Out have provoked responses ranging from “imaginative,” to “a bit of a stretch,” to “outright pants-shitting lunacy,” there is not a movie buff worth their salt who disagrees that A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge is the […]

Nope

Film Title

Nope

Synopsis

Yep!

Director

Jordan Peele

Cast

Daniel Kaluuya
Keke Palmer
Steven Yeun
Michael Wincott
Keith David
Brandon Perea

“Nope” – Yep. The meteoric rise of Jordan Peele in the film world brings to mind the same rise that M. Night Shyamalan experienced. While Shyamlan’s directorial debut (Wide Awake) was an absolute bomb, his next three films (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs) were widely acclaimed and box office successes. Plus, The Sixth Sense […]