Release Date: September 9, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival)
Screened: September 9, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival)
Runtime: 123 minutes
Rating: No Rating Yet (it will be R for language, I’m willing to bet)
Studio: None (self-financed by Louis C.K.)
Director: Louis C.K.
Cast: Louis C.K.; Chloë Grace Moretz; Charlie Day; John Malkovich; Rose Byrne; Edie Falco; Pamela Adlon; Helen Hunt; Ebonee Noel
Louis C.K. produces and films a movie under the cloak of secrecy from Hollywood and it proves to be a big, fun, surprisingly poignant treatise on the modern relationship between parent and child. Continue reading
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Runtime: 141 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros.
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot; Chris Pine; Connie Nielsen; Robin Wright; Danny Huston; David Thewlis; Saïd Taghmaoui; Ewen Bremner
All hail Wonder Woman!! After decades of development hell, the grand dame of DC Comics finally gets her own standalone movie…and what a movie it is! Easily taking her rightful place alongside (and surpassing, some would argue) the big screen treatments of her Justice League comrades, “Wonder Woman” is a knockout of an action movie, an origin story, and plain, old big budget popcorn entertainment. Continue reading
Release Date: September 9, 2016
Runtime: 96 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Tom Hanks; Aaron Eckhart; Laura Linney; Mike O’Malley; Anna Gunn; Jamey Sheridan
Hero worship doesn’t get much more blatant, or for that matter, more entertaining than “Sully,” Clint Eastwood’s dramatization of the Miracle on the Hudson from a few years back. Tom Hanks easily inhabits Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s wings in an effectively understated (and remarkably physically realized) performance that ranks among one of the actor’s best. Continue reading
Release Date: July 17, 2015
Runtime: 125 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Judd Apatow
Cast: Amy Schumer; Bill Hader; Colin Quinn; John Cena; Dave Attell; Tilda Swinton;
LeBron James; Brie Larson
Amy Schumer bulldozes her way onto the big screen playing a magnified version of her women-are-just-as-raunchy-as-men comedic persona in ‘Trainwreck.’ Schumer (who also wrote the screenplay) is a natural performer and going on the basis of her debut as a leading lady, we will be seeing lots more of her in years to come. That is a good thing. That is a very good thing. Continue reading
Herein lie my top seven movie selections that are guaranteed to grease the ol’ tear ducts (at least they greased MY tear ducts and this is MY blog, so….). Unless you are made of stone, there’s a pretty darn good chance that whether you are old or young, male or female, emotion will take over and the blubbering will begin. Of course, if you’re anything like me, blubbering will turn to downright water works in no time.
DISCLAIMER: This post contains pretty explicit spoilers (we are talking about movie endings here, duh!). As much as I would love to link to the videos of these particular scenes themselves, alas, I am not the copyright owner to any of these movies. Do you think if I held the copyright to ‘Titanic’ I’d be sitting in a coffee shop writing a blog post and not livin’ large in Ibiza?!?! The good news is a cursory search online will turn up these scenes with little to no difficulty.
Director Sheila Canavan, Barney Frank, Jim Ready
Release Date: Screened June 20, 2014 – 16th Annual Provincetown Film Festival
Runtime: 87 minutes
Studio: Pack Creek Productions
Director: Sheila Canavan, Michael Chandler
Cast: Barney Frank; Jim Ready; Neil Barofsky; Dustin Lance Black; Eliot Spitzer
Controversial. Witty. Acerbic. Straightforward. No bullshit. These are all words that can describe the former US Congressman from Massachusetts, Barney Frank. His voyage from local politician to the national stage is documented in Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler’s “Compared to What: The Improbably Journey of Barney Frank,” which screened last night at the 16th Annual Provincetown Film Festival. Continue reading
Release Date: March 27, 1992
Runtime: 101 minutes
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Cast: D.B. Sweeney; Moira Kelly; Roy Dotrice; Terry O’Quinn; Dwier Brown
Ask anyone. I’m a sucker for any movie that ends with the lovers kissing, the music swelling, and the picture fading to black. It doesn’t matter how good the rest of the movie is, if the closing shot is of a gentle kiss backed up by some romantic power ballad on the soundtrack, I’m hooked; the movie has me. This movie [SPOILER, I guess…I mean, how do most PG-rated romantic movies end?] ends this way. The preceding hour and a half are pleasant enough, but the final shot of the kiss kicks it up a few notches in my book. Continue reading
It’s Flashback Friday!
This Week’s Flashback Movie….
Release Date: March 23, 1990
Runtime: 119 minutes
Studio: Touchstone Pictures (Disney)
Director: Garry Marshall
Cast: Richard Gere; Julia Roberts; Hector Elizondo; Laura San Giacomo; Jason Alexander; Ralph Bellamy
Do you remember where you were when Julia Roberts became a movie star? You were probably one of the millions sitting in the pre-stadium seating movie theater in the spring of 1990 watching a star being born. Garry Marshall’s modern retelling of “Pygmalion” is, when you break it down, a light and fluffy, if rather fair movie. But from the moment Roberts struts down Hollywood Boulevard on her way to snag a john in those thigh-high boots, we are under her spell and everything else plays second fiddle. Continue reading
Release Date: October 12, 2012
Runtime: 105 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Frank Coraci
Cast: Kevin James; Salma Hayek; Greg Germann; Henry Winkler; Gary Valentine; Bas Rutten
Every so often a movie comes along that takes a marginal star and places them in a story that truly allows them to win us over. Jack Black in “School of Rock”. Anna Faris in “The House Bunny”. And now, Kevin James in “Here Comes The Boom.” This is a movie that has its heart planted firmly in the right place and truly gives James a chance to glow. Continue reading