The Godfather: Part 2

Film Title

The Godfather: Part 2

Synopsis

Arguably better than the first, making it the greatest movie ever made. 

Director

Francis Ford Coppola

Cast

Al Pacino
Robert Duvall
Diane Keaton
Robert DiNero
John Cazale
Talia Shire
Lee Strasberg
Michael V. Gazzo
G.D. Spradlin
Bruno Kirby

3 hours 22 minutes, R for numerous murders Fair Value of The Godfather Part II : $18.00. It’s overlong and the pacing can drag, but it’s an immaculately acted film with several stunning set pieces. Focus on the Family: The first Godfather was a study in the parallels between Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and his […]

Bull Durham (1988)

Film Title

Bull Durham

Synopsis

The hottest Baseball movie ever made

Director

Ron Shelton

Cast

Kevin Costner
Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon
Trey Wilson
Robert Wuhl

Well, it is springtime, or so I’ve been told. For those of you who don’t know me, which is pretty much all of you, I’ve been a baseball fan and junkie for a lot of my life. Not so much lately, but in the Golden Era of Mays, Mantle and Duke Snider, I was all […]

The Godfather (1972)

Film Title

The Godfather

Synopsis

An offer you simply cannot refuse

Director

Francis Ford Coppola

Cast

Marlon Brando
Al Pacino
James Caan
Robert Duvall
Sterling Hayden
Al Lettieri
Diane Keaton
Abe Vigoda
Richard S. Castellano
Talia Shire
John Cazale

2 Hours 57 minutes, rated R for Gangland Violence Fair Value of The Godfather: $30.00. It is essential American Cinema. Fundamental to an entire genre of movie. But How Good Is it? The first time I saw the Godfather was on a date when I was sixteen years old with my first girlfriend, whom I […]

Mortal Kombat

Film Title

Mortal Kombat

Synopsis

Finish me already. Please

Director

Simon McQuoid

Cast

Lewis Tan
Jessica McNamee
Joe Talsim
Josh Lawson
Mehcad Brooks
Matilda Kimber
Laura Brent

“Mortal Kombat (2021)” – Finish me already. I’m struggling, friends. On one hand, I asked for big, dumb blockbusters to come back. On the other hand, not like this. You don’t need me to tell you that Mortal Kombat is a shit movie catering to the dumbest common denominator. That was a given; it’s right […]

Moneyball (2011)

Film Title

Moneyball

Synopsis

The story of the amazing turnaround of the 2002 Oakland A’s baseball team

Director

Bennett Miller

Cast

Brad Pitt
Jonah Hill
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Robin Wright
Chris Pratt

I’m trying to recall the first movie that I watched with Brad Pitt; it was either 12 Monkeys or Spy Game, both excellent movies. Last night I watched a baseball movie, Moneyball, and Brad Pitt was again his magnificent self. Brad Pitt is Billy Beane, the General Manager of the 2002 Oakland A’s. Billy Beane […]

The Help

Film Title

The Help

Synopsis

How to make pie for white supremacists

Director

Tate Taylor

Cast

Emma Stone
Viola Davis
Octavia Spencer
Bryce Dallas Howard
Cicely Tyson
Sissy Spacek
Allison Janney

The Help is a lot like Crash, The Blind Side, and other presumably well-meaning but largely tone-deaf movies about race that don’t happen to star Sandra Bullock (as a longtime devotee of both Demolition Man and The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down, I have to believe sweet Sandy’s heart is in the right place). However […]

Voyagers (2021)

Film Title

Voyagers

Synopsis

No one cares if you yawn in space

Director

Neil Burger

Cast

Colin Farrell
Tye Sheridan
Lily Rose-Depp
Fionn Whitehead
Chante Adams
Wern Lee
Quintessa Swindell

“Voyagers” – No one can hear you conch in space. I hate Lord of the Flies. I hate the book, I hate the 1963 film adaptation, and I hate the 1990 film adaptation. If I had known Voyagers was Lord of the Flies in space, I might not have wanted to watch Voyagers. They got […]

Godzilla vs. Kong

Film Title

Godzilla vs. Kong

Synopsis

Yet another chapter of violence unfolds for the ultimate beastie boys. 

Director

Adam Wingard

Cast

Alexander Skarsgard
Millie Bobby Brown
Rebecca Hall
Brian Tyree Henry
Shun Oguri
Elza Gonzalez
Julian Dennison

“Godzilla vs. Kong” – It was everything I thought it could be. This movie is what I have been missing for the past year. Big, loud, dumb blockbusters that promise one thing. Prior to this, Wonder Woman 84 was supposed to be that movie, except not the dumb part. Of course, WW84 turned out to […]

The White Tiger

Film Title

The White Tiger

Synopsis

An Indian driver tries to use all his wits to escape poverty

Director

Ramin Bahrani

Cast

Adarsh Gourav
Rajkummer Rao
Priyanna Chopra
Vedant Sinha
Kamlesh Gill
Satish Kumar

“Do we loathe our masters behind a facade of loving, or do we love our masters behind a facade of loathing?”  Balram  It is fitting that the first words heard in The White Tiger are spoken by Jay-Z. On the soundtrack as the movie begins is “Beware of the Boys,” Jay’s collaboration with British Indian […]

Invasion U.S.A

Film Title

Invasion U.S.A.

Synopsis

Chuck Norris is a one-man army who can save the country from a spy invasion

Director

Joseph Zito

Cast

Chuck Norris
Richard Lynch
Melissa Prophet
Alexander Zale
Eddie Jones
Billy Drago

Matt Hunter is tired. Once a proud Company Man, and one of the few on the payroll with full beard and bare chest, he’s more a Lion in Winter circa 1985, with nothing left to prove and no arms left to break. Leaving behind a world on the brink, he’s retired to Florida … the […]