Director: Ruben Fleischer Writers: Dave Callaham, Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick ———————————————————————————————————– While Zombieland: Double Tap does not quite have a narrative as focused and succinct as the original, the cast and characters remain just as wonderful, the humor lands land most of the time, and the action is dialed up a few notches, including […]Read More Zombieland: Double Tap – A Satisfying Decade-Later Reunion
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
From director Marion Mauran, the new documentary Elevation Change depicts the astounding journey of Sam Fox, a young endurance athlete who sets out to break the speed record on the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) which stretches over 2,500 miles from Canada to Mexico. However, this trek is not for Fox’s own personal fame and recognition; […]Read More Documentary “Elevation Change” is an emboldening tale of persistence and perseverance.
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
I wanted to love this movie, but unfortunately it is just another hash mark on the ever-growing “meh list” for 2019. Top-notch casting, some great laughs in the midst of the darkness, stellar cinematography, and chilling music and sound design could not make up for an overstuffed screenplay. Telling simultaneous stories between the teenage years […]Read More IT: Chapter Two -Sequelitis Strikes Again
It was pretty awesome to have my first experience with Lawrence of Arabia be on the big screen, thanks to a bring-back event. Wow, this film is the true definition of a sprawling epic. Director David Lean is a mastermind, adapting the remarkable true story of British war hero Thomas Edward Lawrence with stroke after […]Read More Lawrence of Arabia – They Don’t Make ‘Em Like This Anymore
From the opening shot of director Alexandre Moratto’s Brazilian coming-of-age drama, Socrates, audiences will recognize that they are in for a very personal, brutally honest, and unrelenting emotional journey following the life of a struggling young teen in São Paulo. Inspired by his time volunteering with the UNICEF-supported Querô Institute in Brazil, a “non-profit that […]Read More “Socrates” – Not for the Faint of Heart, but a Deeply Personal and Significant Commentary on Society
Written and directed by duo Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz, “The Peanut Butter Falcon” is easily one of my favorite movies thus far in 2019. To be honest, this is definitely not a perfect film. But, it is indeed practically perfect at accomplishing exactly what it sets out to do. This movie warmed my heart, […]Read More “The Peanut Butter Falcon” – 2019’s Most Joyous Film Yet
It is quite a challenging task to touch on every element that makes a Quentin Tarantino film work. It would not even be a stretch to say that one could write an entire dissertation essay on over a dozen individual scenes throughout his eclectic filmography. As one of the most prolific writers and directors of […]Read More Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino’s Storybook Tribute to the Hollywood of Old