Review – The Disaster Artist

A24 just keeps chugging them out.  And this time, they have a potential mainstream hit on their hands in the form of The Disaster Artist.  The Disaster Artist chronicles the making of the true-life film The Room, which is widely considered to be the worst film of all-time (and please do not confuse The Room with 2015's Room, which... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Raging Bull

Original US release date: November 14, 1980 Production budget: $18,000,000 Worldwide gross: $23,383,987 I make no secret of the fact that Rocky is one of my all-time favorite films.  For me, it's tough for any other boxing film to truly compare to that undeniable classic.  However, legendary director Martin Scorsese released his own boxing movie, Raging Bull,... Continue Reading →

Review – Battle of the Sexes

I'm a pretty big tennis fan.  I'm also a fairly new tennis fan.  I became interested in the sport during the 2012 Summer Olympics.  I turned it on for background noise as I did chores around the house, but it kept grabbing my attention.  I couldn't help but notice how the players' bodies and minds... Continue Reading →

Review – American Made

I like Tom Cruise, but I wasn't particularly excited to see American Made.  Heist films featuring characters knee-deep in the drug trade are increasingly more and more common and rarely distinguish themselves from each other with enough regularity or creativity to warrant their production.  I was busy with family over the weekend and couldn't get out... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Captain Phillips

Original US release date: October 11, 2013 Production budget: $55,000,000 Worldwide gross: $218,791,811 Ahhh, is there anyone more appropriate for portraying the everyman hero character than the great Tom Hanks?  Years before Hanks portrayed Captain Chesley Sullenberger in 2016's Sully Hanks portrayed Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, which was infamously hijacked by Somali... Continue Reading →

108. Hidden Figures

If the attendance at the screening I just attended is an accurate representation of the country as a whole, Hidden Figures is poised to be a big hit.  Directed by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent), the film adapts the true story of three African-American women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe) who are hired by... Continue Reading →

107. Lion

Here we have it.  This is it.  This is the reason I go to the movies.  I go to the movies because, every once in a while, there's a film - an experience - like Lion.  I often say that the ultimate goal of any film should be to make the viewer feel something.  Anything. ... Continue Reading →

106. Jackie

There's been a lot of buzz around Natalie Portman's performance as Jackie Kennedy in the appropriately-titled Jackie.  In fact, there's been so much buzz around the performance that I've heard very little else about the movie.  Obviously, I was aware that it follows Jacqueline Kennedy in the wake of President Kennedy's assassination, but, beyond that, I... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Moneyball

Original US release date: September 23, 2011 Production budget: $50,000,000 Worldwide gross: $110,206,216 Moneyball was the second directorial outing for Bennett Miller (Capote) and was a bit of an awards season darling at the end of 2011/beginning of 2012.  The film was nominated for six Academy Awards and four Golden Globes - including Best Picture... Continue Reading →

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