So John Travolta is playing a version of Nicholas Cage who is playing John Travolta. On the other hand, we have Nicholas Cage playing a version of John Travolta who is playing Nicholas Cage. Yes, it gets pretty trippy. But wow, is this fun to watch! John Woo is a master at directing over-the-top, insane, […]Read More FACE/OFF Provides Plenty of Thrills and Feels
Chances are, if you have heard anything about UNCUT GEMS, from co-writers and directors Benny and Josh Safdie, it’s that you may very well have a panic while watching it. I am here to say that this motion picture absolutely lives up to the hype. I watched this film by myself, with nobody around me […]Read More UNCUT GEMS – Anxiety-Inducing and Oscar-Worthy
I love how Rian Johnson took the “keep your politics out of my movies” trolls from THE LAST JEDI and basically composed an entire narrative commentating on the negative impact of people of this nature, through the lens of one of the most entertaining films of 2019. Talk about a legendary power move. This cast […]Read More KNIVES OUT – Rian Johnson Has “Dunnit” Again
BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE – Written and Directed by Drew Goddard I’m honestly still disappointed that this wonderful piece of art was overlooked during awards season. Certainly one of the most original films of 2018 – and of the decade, for that matter. A Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination would have been justifiable, […]Read More BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE – Bad Times, but Good Filmmaking
This movie could have just ended after Al Pacino’s monologue in the courtroom opening, and it would have been perfect. Incredibly, it kept going for another 2 hours, and added even more filmmaking mastery with each passing minute. I do not recall ever seeing a film make such consistent, immaculate use of extended, uncut tracking […]Read More Carlito’s Way – We Need to Find a “Way” to Make Films Like This Again
So you’re telling me that Rian Johnson wrote, directed, and edited this modern-day crime-noir masterpiece on a shoestring budget of $500,000? Well good golly Miss Molly, that is one heck of an accomplishment. The direction of this film is spectacular. The cinematography is outstanding, with well-crafted shot composition, framing, and camera movement from DP Steve […]Read More Brick – Rian Johnson’s Directorial Debut
The crime thriller genre has been explored thousands of times, with many different approaches, throughout the history of cinema. Some of the best directors in this category, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Brian de Palma, and Michael Mann, have continued to develop methods of cultivating fresh and original crime features, while still maintaining […]Read More Writer/director Jason Cabell draws from personal experience to create crime thriller “Running with the Devil”.
The unrelenting, brutally realistic, and “Hard-R” feature, Bloodline, from director Henry Jacobson, examines the atrocities of a serial killer from a unique perspective. Rather than the stereotypical villain who inhumanely preys on the weak and helpless out of sheer wickedness, the focus of this story, written by Jacobson, Avra Fox-Lerner, and Will Honley, is a […]Read More Planning to check out “Bloodline”? Go in with an open mind and a stomach of steel.
Examining the credits of this film, Keith Sutliff’s impressive effort becomes apparent as he worked as the writer, director, producer, production designer, art director, and lead actor. Undertaking all of these responsibilities to bring together a vision for this project took incredible dedication, commitment, and patience. Sutliff undoubtedly poured his heart and soul into this […]Read More The Refuge – An Impressive Production Effort that Cannot Overcome its Flaws
From writer and director Michael Matteo Rossi, Chase follows the title character’s (Damien Puckler) journey as he attempts to maneuver his way out of a life of crime, violence, and deception. There is a solid layer of intriguing foundational material for this narrative as Chase is conflicted by allegiances to his closest friend and crime […]Read More “Chase” – Cannot Quite Catch its Target