Month: October 2014

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Deux jours, une nuit) [2014]

Directed and Written by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne Starring: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione Depression is a bitch. I should know, I was wallowing in that pool of sticky tar for many, many years. Getting a job can also be a real bitch, not…

THE DOUBLE [2014] –REVISITED–

Directed by Richard Ayoade, Written By Richard Ayoade (Screenplay), Fyodor Dostoyevsky (novel). Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn The Double. What a great freaking film. I am of the firm belief that this is one of the very best movies released this year….

A MOST WANTED MAN [2014]

Directed by Anton Corbijn, Written by Andrew Bovell (screenplay), John le Carré (novel) Starring: Phillip Seymour Hoffman (RIP), Grigoriy Dobrygin, , Daniel Brühl and Nina Hoss. I will forever remember the late, great Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Gunther, head of an anti-terrorism operation that,…

JERSEY BOYS [2014]

Directed by Clint Eastwood, Written by Marshall Brickman (screenplay), Rick Elice (screenplay) Starring: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Erich Bergen and Christopher Walken Boy did I fumble the pass on this one. I had just seen Get On Up, the incredible James Brown…

THE IMMIGRANT [2013]

 Directed by James Gray, Written by James Gray, Richard Menello Starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner I am somewhat surprised that this is screening as often as it is now. Four times a day?! Perhaps this is due to the gradual yet consistently…

WHIPLASH [2014]

Directed By Damien Chazelle, Written by Damien Chazelle (screenplay) Starring J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller Never have I been a part of an audience that universally applauded a film immediately after the images faded to black. Indeed, never have I seen film at the…

THE SKELETON TWINS [2014]

  Directed by Craig Johnson, Written by Mark Heyman, Craig Johnson When the opening scene of a movie shows a woman, Maggie, staring at a handful of medication, obviously wanting out of her life, only to receive a phone call that her brother Milo…

TUSK [2014]

Directed by Kevin Smith, Written by Kevin Smith Kevin Smith. While certainly one quirky character in the world of film, it seems that he enjoyed making the intimidating film Red State, so much so that it would seem that he has decided to take…

SON OF A GUN [2014]

Directed by Julius Avery, Written by Julius Avery. Additional contributions: John Collee (additional material) Starring: Ewan McGregor and Brendan Thwaites “A game of chess… Is like a sword-fight. You must think first… Before you move.” Chess is an endlessly intriguing game, both to play,…

THE ZERO THEOREM [2013] –REVISTED–

Directed by Terry Gilliam, Written by Pat Rushin (screenplay) Do we have here a return to form for a director who arguably hasn’t made a movie worth watching for 15 years? Or does this simply continue the consistent downward spiral that has been Gilliam’s…

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