Movie Review: Greenland

Alright, I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for the disaster genre of films that peppered the 1970’s. In fact, “The Towering Inferno” turned 46 years old on December 14. Why is this important to Ric Roman Waugh’s “Greenland,” which hits VOD today? In a word, the Gerard Butler-starring vehicle fits the framework of such storied [...]

By |2020-12-18T22:36:37-07:00December 18th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Songbird”

It’s a curious thing, Adam Mason’s “Songbird.” The film, a mid-budget thriller, would have been the type of film in the 1980s to have metaphorically represented the “what if?” if the U.S. and Russia had nuked each other, something I lived through. Films such as “Red Dawn” represented the “what if?” scenario quite effectively, but [...]

By |2020-12-15T12:13:54-07:00December 14th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Come Play”

"Come Play," tells the story of a misunderstood monster that just wants a friend.  Most of us can relate to that, especially these days.  What's so scary about that?  Plenty! The movie is writer/director Jacob Chase's first feature, and is based on his 2017 short "Larry."  In both, a creature that lives in another dimension(?), [...]

By |2020-10-29T15:16:01-07:00October 29th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

After the events of his first film in 2006, Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) returned home and was immediately sentenced to life in a labor camp for the embarrassment he brought upon Kazakhstan.  Now, after learning that American had a new President who had Made America Great Again, the leaders of Kazakhstan have a special mission [...]

By |2020-10-22T15:17:27-07:00October 22nd, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Evil Eye”

"Evil Eye" is one of the more unique Blumhouse offerings on Amazon Prime this month as it combines elements from Eastern superstition, family culture clashes, and a touch of horror.   It's also the first film I'm aware of that has been based on an Audible Original audio play. The Audible Original, written by Madhuri Shekar [...]

By |2020-10-13T15:45:37-07:00October 13th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Nocturne” (2020)

The most visually pleasing Blumhouse films so far this month is also the least satisfying.  "Nocturne" is an exercise in style over substance that doesn't quite live up to its synopsis. The bulk of the story takes place at a Musical Arts School where a pair of twins are competing for recognition and an invitation [...]

By |2020-10-13T15:44:45-07:00October 13th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: The War with Grandpa Elevates Familiar Comedy with Class and Style

As the credits rolled on “The War with Grandpa,” I couldn’t help but smile. I enjoyed the antics between Robert De Niro, who plays Ed, and his grandson, Peter (Oakes Fegley). The antics rival "Home Alone" in their physicality, and the film is probably something that Disney would have made in the 1990s. That wasn’t [...]

By |2020-10-08T22:55:16-07:00October 8th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “The Lie”

Blumhouse's second of four movies arriving on Amazon Prime this month is "The Lie", a remake of the 2015 German Film "Wir Monster."  The screenplay, adapted by director Veena Sud, is a psychological thriller that explores how far people are willing to go to keep their family together.  It's a familiar premise but with a [...]

By |2020-10-07T14:55:14-07:00October 7th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Black Box”

"Black Box" is the first of four movies that Blumhouse is releasing on Amazon Prime during the month of October.  Blumhouse has a reputation for financing and distributing lower budget horror films that often expose fresh new talent to wider audiences.  Unfortunately, although interesting, "Black Box" falls a little flat. The premise is familiar yet [...]

By |2020-10-06T16:10:41-07:00October 6th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

“On the Rocks”: Coppola’s Restraint, Murray’s Humor Make For a Well-Mixed Comedy Cocktail

My lips pursed with glee as Sofia Coppola’s gorgeous “On the Rocks” spooled out. My glee wasn’t over the fact that the film laments relationships that are on the fritz, nor that we've forgotten how to communicate with one another. Nor did they raise over Laura’s (Rashida Jones) blind insistence that nothing was wrong with [...]

By |2020-09-30T21:41:00-07:00September 30th, 2020|Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment