Fatman (2020)

Film Title

Fatman

Synopsis

A 12 year old punk hires a hit-man to snuff out Santa. Santa is no amused.

Director

Eshom & Iam Nelms

Cast

Mel Gibson
Walton Goggins
Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Chance Hurstfield
Robert Bockstael

The subversive Christmas movie is nothing new in cinema. Every year, profound wits declare that they and they alone have discovered the shocking truth that Die Hard is, in fact, a Christmas movie. Taking it a bit further, nearly every action movie written by the great Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, etc) […]

Dr. Suess’s Ron & Jim Ruined Christmas

Several times while watching the Ron Howard-directed How the Grinch Stole Christmas, I found myself wondering, “Who is this even for?” At 105 minutes, it’s a bit on the long side for kids small enough to actually enjoy Jim Carrey’s manic, over-the-top turn as the title character, and the whole thing is far too ugly […]

Verotika

Film Title

Verotika

Synopsis

A movie that apparently is as least as good as The Beast of Yucca Flats

Director

Glenn Danzig

Cast

Ashley Wisdom
Rachel Alig
Alice Tate
Scotch Hopkins
Kayden Kross
Sean Kanan
Natalia Borowosky

Damn this inconvenient global pandemic! A movie like Glenn Danzig’s absurdly amateurish, lurid, and pointless Verotika simply demands to be seen in a theater full of like-minded trash-lovers cackling and shouting at the ineptitude displayed onscreen. It is just not meant to be seen as your faithful servant, this reviewer, was forced to see it, […]

Loving the Bomb: Technology & Conquest in the Films of Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) was undeniably one of the most brilliant and innovative motion picture directors of all time. His meticulously crafted works have influenced innumerable filmmakers all over the world, from Steven Spielberg to Gaspar Noe. Obviously, entire books have been written about Kubrick’s oeuvre, so let us focus here on the peak of his […]

Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood: One Possible Interpretation

In all that has already been written and said about Quentin Tarantino’s latest (and supposedly penultimate) movie, one thing that comes up again and again is the surprisingly disrespectful way in which the character of Bruce Lee (Mike Moh) is portrayed. His one really crucial scene sees him being arrogant toward stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad […]

The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

Film Title

The Dead Don't Die

Synopsis

Another lame zombie movie. Watch The Train To Busan instead

Director

Jim Jarmusch

Cast

Steve Buscemi
Bill Murray
Adam Driver
Cloe Sevigny
Tom Waits
Danny Glover

“Humor is subjective” is a phrase I forced myself to remember several times throughout legendary independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s latest, The Dead Don’t Die, as several other people in the audience with me reacted audibly and approvingly to jokes I found relentlessly unfunny and lame.  Here are some of the bits that elicited laughter…  Farmer […]

Un Chien Andalou

Film Title

Un Chien Andalou

Synopsis

A Short Film

Director

Luis Bunuel

Cast

Simon Mareuil
Pierre Batcheff

This 1929 collaboration between Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali is one of the strangest and most enigmatic films ever produced, containing all the layers of dream logic and elusive profundity of a David Lynch movie in under twenty minutes. The two notorious surrealists apparently couldn’t have been happier that their work confounded so many viewers […]

Hunger (2008)

Film Title

Hunger

Synopsis

Inmates in a Northern Ireland prison are led in a hunger strike

Director

Steve McQueen

Cast

Stuart Graham
Laine Megaw
Brian Milligan
Michael Fassbender
Liam McMahon
Helen Madden

I saw this in April of 2009 and the rest of the year failed to produce a more perfect film. Director Steve McQueen (not the one I was thinking of, as it turned out) crafts a completely compelling take on the famed hunger strike endured by Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) and other political prisoners associated […]

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 […]

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 […]