The Beckoning Silence (2007)

Film Title

The Beckoning Silence (2007)

Synopsis

Joe Simpson from Touching the Void confronts the The North Face of the Eiger

Director

Louise Osmond

Cast

Joe Simpson
Roger Schali
Simon Antharmattan
Andreas Abegglen
Cyrille Berthod
Steven Mackintosh

The Docu-Movie Touching the Void is the Godfather of all mountain climbing movies. Just watching this movie turned Roger Ebert into a quivering, blubbering mess. Touching the Void is a Docu-drama based on the calamitous events that occurred when Joe Simpson and Simon Yates attempted to ascend and descend the Siula Grande in Peru. Beyond […]

Finding Dory

Film Title

Finding Dory

Synopsis

Another finding a fish story from Disney Pixar

Director

Andrew Stanton

Cast

Ellen DeGeneres
Albert Brooks
Ed O'Neil
Kaitlin Olson
Hayden Rolence
Dianne Keaton

There’s this scene in my head when the board and executives at Disney Pixar meet to discuss the success of Finding Nemo and the possibility of a sequel. It goes something like this: An executive enters the boardroom. Senior, benevolent shareholders are sitting around the table drinking freshly squeezed juices and exchanging kindly grins with […]

The Great Wall

Film Title

The Great Wall

Synopsis

Monsters order dinner from Chinese takeout menu.

Director

Zhang Yimou

Cast

Matt Damon
Jing Tian
Pedro Pascal
Willem Dafoe
Andy Lau

I’m not sure how, but I managed to avoid trailers for The Great Wall until the night before the screening. I wasn’t even trying to avoid them, I just hadn’t seen any for this particular movie. Prior to seeing that trailer, I thought The Great Wall was a historical fiction in the vein of Tom […]

Fist Fight

Film Title

Fist Fight

Synopsis

A terrified horse tries to escape from a demented high school.

Director

Richie Keen

Cast

Charlie Day
Ice Cube
Jillian Bell
Tracy Morgan
Dean Norris

I wish someone had punched me in the face when I decided to watch this movie. Even before I said it out loud, just thinking that thought should have caused someone to run through my door and cold-cock me. I knew – KNEW –Fist Fight was going to be a terrible movie after watching the […]

Into the Cold: A Journey into the Soul

Film Title

Into the Cold: A Journey into the Soul

Synopsis

Sebastian Copeland saves the earth and his vanity by strolling to the North Pole

Director

Sebastian Copeland

Cast

Sebastian Copeland
Some other neglected guy (Keith Heger)

Into the Cold: A Journey into the Soul I really enjoy most documentaries about man v. nature, especially in a cold weather setting. Happy People was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding documentaries ever, and what else would you expect from the great Werner Herzog? Into the Cold: A Journey into the Soul, unlike […]

The Lego Batman Movie

Film Title

The Lego Batman Movie

Synopsis

Showing Zach Snyder how to make a good DC Comics movie.

Director

Chris McKay

Cast

Will Arnett
Michael Cera
Rosario Dawson
Ralph Fiennes
Zach Galifianakis
Jenny Slate

Here’s the truth – I wanted to see The Lego Batman Movie as much as my 4-year old son. We’ve been slowly building a Lego city in our basement over the past year and I love watching his little imagination work. I also love feeling like a kid myself. So this is the perfect movie […]

John Wick: Chapter 2

Film Title

John Wick: Chapter 2

Synopsis

Knee shot, head shot. Knee shot, head shot.

 

Director

Chad Stahelski

Cast

Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Ruby Rose
Ian McShane
Common
Riccardo Scamarcio
Claudia Gernin
John Leguizamo

It’s been two and a half years since John Wick murdered scores of people over a dead dog and stolen car and I still don’t understand how that movie scored an 85% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was easily one of the worst written movies of 2014 that somehow got a complete pass because […]

The Space Between Us

Film Title

The Space Between Us

Synopsis

Bored Martian teenager acts just like bored Earth teenager – Skyping, ignoring parents, and stealing cars.

Director

Peter Chelsom

Cast

Gary Oldman
Asa Butterfield
Carla Gugino
Britt Robertson
BD Wong

My immediate impression of The Space Between Us was it was cute, I guess. That might be the last nice thing I say about this film because I spent the last twenty-four hours realizing that it’s kind of bad. Then I looked up the current Rotten Tomatoes score and…oh. Oh no. 11%? It wasn’t that […]

Meru

Film Title

Meru

Synopsis

Meru is the 2015 documentary of 3 men who were the first to conquer the “shark’s fin” rock face of Meru

Director

Jimmy Chin

Cast

Conrad Anker
Jimmy Chin
Renan Ozturk
Jennifer Lowe-Anker

My attitude towards extreme mountain climbing varies between amazement and admiration for something like Touching the Void, to disdain and disgust at self-important trust fund kids who pollute places like Mt. Everest with their corpses and oxygen bottles. The shark fin of Mt. Meru in the Indian Himalayas has been characterized as the anti-Everest. More […]

Patriots Day

Film Title

Patriots Day

Synopsis

The story of the 2013 terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon

Director

Peter Berg

Cast

Mark Wahlberg
Kevin Bacon
John Goodman
J.K. Simmons
Jimmy O. Yang
Alex Wolff
Themo Melikidze
Melissa Benoist

On April 15th, 2013 the city of Boston and the nation were rocked when radical Islamics Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev exploded two bombs near the finish line of The Boston Marathon. Patriots Day was a gripping film that focused on the people affected by this heinous act, and the fervent police and FBI investigation in […]