Month: October 2014

Listen Up Philip

It’s been speculated that writers hate clichés, and that’s true in spirit but is often incorrect in practice. Listen Up Philip documents one young writer’s journey, hurtling toward the self-fulfilling prophecy of loneliness and bitterness. The film’sRead Full Review


David Ayer makes Man Movies with a capital M. His films are a bit more cerebral than, say, the Expendables franchise, but in the end both selection of films are reaching toward the same core audience andRead Full Review


Whiplash was this year’s Sundance darling, winning hyperbolic praise from nearly all who managed to see it and leaving Park City, Utah with the film festival’s two biggest prizes: the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. ThatRead Full Review

St. Vincent

We’ve seen this movie before. A rascal curmudgeon finds humanity in the form of a small child. Paper Moon may be the definitive example. Bad Santa gave that movie a holiday twist. But it’s been done, over and over.Read Full Review

Men, Women & Children

I remember being in college when Jason Reitman’s film Up in the Air was about to be released in the Fall of 2009, and Reitman made a stop at my campus to talk with all of usRead Full Review

Gone Girl

Nobody does the major Hollywood thriller better than David Fincher. Perhaps Christopher Nolan comes close, but Fincher is less sentimental, his films are more sleek and unforgiving. There’s a distaste for humanity in a lotRead Full Review