Five Criminally Good Movie Heists

The Evolution of Casinos in Cinema

Are You Not Dedicated Actor?

Coco

The Top 10 Thanksgiving Films

Better Watch Out

Drinksgiving

Lady Bird

20 Weeks

Super Friends Justice League Spoilers in the Podcast

Five Criminally Good Movie Heists

The crime genre has always been a favorite of Hollywood filmmakers and moviegoers. The juxtaposition of a glitzy, glamorous lifestyle with the ill-gotten gains that fund it makes for compelling stories. Within this niche there are few things more thrilling than a well-executed heist. Regardless of whether you’re backing law enforcement or a charming crew … Continued

The Evolution of Casinos in Cinema

Casinos are a goldmine for directors, a location brimful with various assaults on the senses. Their architecture is often stunning, while the games themselves are a visual treat. The bustle of a casino floor provides a wealth of different characters with different aspirations, and background characters feel immediately realized by the ensuing emotions that come … Continued

Are You Not Dedicated Actor?

James Franco’s film The Disaster Artist is an over-the-top performance by Franco about the making of famously bad and yet still beloved Tommy Wiseau film The Room. One scene has Wiseau rehearsing an actor (Franco’s brother Dave) at a restaurant, encouraging him to go full volume melodrama. A24 Films is promoting The Disaster Artist by encouraging … Continued

Coco

It’s hard not to admire Pixar Studios’ dedication to the art of STORY. Sure, their advances in the world of computer animation are nothing to scoff at. They innovated hair physics, skin and material textures, and a detail to detail. But never at the cost of STORY. The Good Dinosaur is their most recent example … Continued

The Top 10 Thanksgiving Films

Ah, Thanksgiving. A time to surround yourself with family you can barely stand and become a gluttonous mass of shame and regret after hours of ingesting the traditional holiday foods. It’s literally Christmas without the presents, so who the fuck cares? Skip to the candy canes, the spiced cider, and the delicious eggnog. Who needs … Continued

Better Watch Out

Director and co-writer Chris Peckover’s sets Better Watch Out up on a quiet, snowy night in an idyllic suburban neighborhood, only to upend it all with thrills and chills to spare. This review will be brief, because there’s a lot of twisted pleasures to be had here and knowing as little as possible will make … Continued

Drinksgiving

Drinksgiving is a film about a bunch of 30-somethings throwing a pre-Thanksgiving drinking party. Unnecessary drama ensues, friendships are tested, epiphanies are had, and then the credits roll. Peppered throughout its formulaic story are attempts at humor that even the most childish kindergartener would roll their eyes at. The script’s dialogue is dogshit stuffing fisted … Continued

Lady Bird

It strikes me as a funny coincidence that, after just having seen and reviewed LBJ, I should be watching and writing about a movie titled Lady Bird. Of course, this movie has nothing to do with any President, being concentrated on a Catholic teen girl in 2002 Sacramento – it’s just a happy cinematic parallel, … Continued

20 Weeks

The beauty of independent films is that they’re able to touch on subjects that the big studios would never touch. In her second film, 20 Weeks, director Leena Pendharkar focuses on the little-examined pre-parent stage in the life of couplehood. What happens to a couple when parenthood is thrust upon them? And what happens when … Continued

Super Friends Justice League Spoilers in the Podcast

It’s the Super Friends! The DC Extended Universe continues with Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, the Flash, Cyborg and Superman finally uniting to form the Justice League. Super friends in real life Anthony Ray Bench and Chris Gore unite to form an opinion about the latest DC movie offering. Beware of spoilers, shocking insights and radical … Continued